Beryl has announced a partnership with Enfield council to deliver a bike-share scheme to the north London borough.
This follows a pool bike trial with the council where Beryl showcased the capabilities of its bike-share technology, while working with the borough to identify how bike-share can form part of its longer-term mobility goals.
The scheme will be launched in summer 2019. Beryl’s emerald green bikes will be available for instant hire via the Beryl app, available for download on the Apple app store for iPhone, and the Google Play Store for Android users. The app will allow users to find and unlock any Beryl bike using their smartphone.
Users will be informed of the location of ‘Beryl Bays’, the preferred parking locations to leave the bikes. However, the scheme will allow users to park the bikes elsewhere for an extra charge, provided they are within the scheme area. The bikes have three-speed gears and a step-through design, with fully adjustable handlebars and seats for a wide range of riders.
Enfield Council’s deputy leader, councillor Daniel Anderson, said: “One of the central aims of Cycle Enfield is to promote and facilitate more active forms of travel to improve the health and wellbeing of everyone who lives, works and studies in Enfield. Our partnership with Beryl Bikes will offer residents a further inducement to use our safe, segregated cycle routes, making it easier for those who haven’t quite managed to get into the saddle just yet.
“We successfully trialled these bikes with staff earlier this year and I’m pleased to see that we are now able to expand the scheme to include residents from across the Borough. We at Enfield Council remain committed to providing safe and accessible means of travel across the Borough in a way that works for everyone. We are already beginning to see many more people cycling across Enfield, particularly along the completed A105 route, together with the increasing popularity of our guided rides and cycling classes, and the use of our modern, secure cycle hubs.”
Philip Ellis, Beryl COO, said: “As we expand our hybrid bike-share systems across the UK this year, we are very pleased to be partnering with Enfield Council to make cycling more accessible within the borough. Enfield is committed to providing first-class cycling infrastructure to their residents, so we are looking forward to collaborating with them to ensure bike-share can form part of their longer-term mobility goals.”