Beryl offer exciting new bike scheme extension into Studland
A brand new extension to Beryl’s Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole scheme means riders can now access an area of outstanding natural beauty using the company’s bikes and e-bikes.
The UK’s leading micromobility provider has teamed up with the National Trust and the Dorset AONB team to extend their scheme into Studland, on the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset.
Four new bays have been added to the four National Trust car parks on the Studland peninsula, which can be accessed via the Sandbanks Ferry, along with ten new Beryl bikes, allowing users to access a variety of attractions. These include miles of sandy beaches a short walk from the Beryl bays, the UK’s first ‘super’ National Nature Reserve, picturesque walking routes, and Old Harry Rocks which form the start of the Jurassic Coast World Heritage Site.
Beryl CEO and cofounder, Phil Ellis, said “By implementing this extension, we’re giving people the opportunity to explore an area of outstanding natural beauty, rich in things to see and do, in a fun, easy-to-use and sustainable manner.
“With the longer days and warmer weather on the horizon, I'm confident that this will not only be popular with existing Beryl users, but will also encourage others to give our services a try.
“And that can only be a good thing, as we continue to try and further reduce traffic congestion, while improving air quality and public health.”
Project Officer for the National Trust in Purbeck, Alex Brocklesby said: “We are so excited to be trialling this new extension of the Beryl bike scheme into Studland, enabling more visitors to travel to us car free.
“This is part of our role in reducing the impact our visitors have on our sensitive, internationally important environment.
“We’re very thankful to our generous funders for enabling this to happen with this project supported by the Wytch Farm Landscape and Access Enhancement Fund, and Sport England.”
Sally King, Visitor Tourism and Access Manager for the Dorset AONB team, said: “Reducing traffic, and enabling visitors to access and enjoy the wider natural landscape without having to get in their cars is an important part of the Sustainable Tourism Plan for the Purbeck Heaths National Nature Reserve.
“We’re delighted to have helped support the extension of the Beryl Bike service which helps deliver this key aim.”
The DfT e-scooter trial in Bournemouth and Poole will maintain its existing boundaries, meaning Beryl e-scooters are not permitted to board the Sandbanks Ferry or access the new extension.
While on the ferry journey, Beryl rides can be paused for a maximum of 15 minutes by applying the rear wheel lock while a journey is active. Users will continue to be charged.
Riders who travel out of zone on the Isle of Purbeck, such as to Swanage, will only be charged an out-of-zone fee if the lock is applied outside of zone.
Riders can hire a Beryl Bike through the Beryl app, available for download on the App Store for iOS, and the Google Play Store for Android users. The bikes can be picked up and dropped off in marked ‘Beryl Bays’, which can be found via the app.
Riders have a payment choice of Pay-As-You-Ride (£1 unlock fee + 5p per minute), Minute Bundles (no unlock fee and bundles starting at 100 minutes for £5) or Day Passes (24 hours of unlimited riding for £12). Once their ride is complete, users simply close the lock on the bike to complete their ride and make it available for the next person to use.
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“By implementing this extension, we’re giving people the opportunity to explore an area of outstanding natural beauty, rich in things to see and do, in a fun, easy-to-use and sustainable manner."