Hertsmere launch

Beryl launch new e-bike scheme in Hertsmere

The UK’s leading micromobility provider, Beryl, and Hertsmere Borough Council have launched a brand new bike and e-bike share scheme.

From Thursday 20 October, a new fleet of 25 bikes and 20 e-bikes will be available to hire via the Beryl app. 

A launch day event will be held from 10am at the junction of Furzehill Road and Shenley Road in Borehamwood to enable people to look, try out and chat to Beryl representatives about the new scheme. 

The bikes can be hired from and returned to 24 ‘Beryl Bays’, which have been located as conveniently as possible following consultation with communities and key stakeholders. 

This means that 28,089 people are no more than a five minute walk from a bay, which represents 87.5% of the service area's population.

The scheme will be operated by Beryl on behalf of Hertsmere Borough Council. The project is being funded by Strategic Community Infrastructure Levy, Section 106 contribution from SKY Studios and Neighbourhood Community Infrastructure Levy from Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council.

Beryl CEO and co-founder, Phil Ellis, said: “One of our core aims is to remove the barriers to sustainable travel and inspire more people to take it up, so we are delighted to be launching our latest scheme in Hertsmere.

“We already operate many multimodal share schemes across the country and will use our wealth of experience and knowledge to ensure we provide the best possible service for our users.  

“Our services are not only fun, sustainable and healthy, they’re also cost-effective compared to petrol-powered vehicles and offer a variety of flexible ways to pay that can suit all users.” 

Cllr Seamus Quilty, Portfolio Holder for Environment at Hertsmere Borough Council, said: “I am delighted to launch our new cycle hire scheme with Beryl Bikes. Setting up the bike scheme in Borehamwood is an exciting opportunity not only to help improve air quality, but help people get active and even save money at a time when fuel is so expensive. It will bring sustainable and equitable growth to Hertsmere.

“The cycle hire scheme is just one part of our sustainability aims and our commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions no later than 2050. The provision of a non-polluting transport alternative will bring positive impacts to our environment and the health and wellbeing of our local communities.

“It’s simple and cheap to hire a bike, so why not give it a try.” 

Users can pay for their journeys in a variety of ways to suit individual needs and  circumstances. 

  • Pay As You Ride is best for single journeys or occasional rides and will cost users £1 unlocking fee and 5p per minute on pedal bikes or £1.50 unlocking fee and 10p per minute on e-bikes
  • Minute Bundles enable regular users to buy upfront and save money, starting at 100 minutes for £5
  • Day Passes are suitable for people on long days out and offer people unlimited riding over a 24-hour-period for £12 for pedal bikes only or £16 to include e-bikes

The Beryl app is available for free download on the App Store for iOS, and the Google Play Store for Android users.

For more information, visit beryl.cc