Beryl is expanding its e-scooter hire scheme on the Isle of Wight to include Sandown and Shanklin, it has been announced.
This expansion will increase the overall fleet of e-scooters across the Island with an additional 25 e-Scooters. It comes 7 months into a 12-month Government trial.
Since November last year, 32,000 journeys have been taken by 6,000 individual riders in Newport, Ryde and Cowes. Due to Beryl’s innovative geo-fenced and lined bays, 95% of journeys end in one – ensuring the scheme is convenient for both riders and pedestrians.
There will be 19 new bay locations in Sandown and Shanklin from next Tuesday (13th July), which will all be included on the Beryl app. Bays have been chosen in full consultation with Isle of Wight Council, Island Roads, Hampshire Constabulary and Solent Transport.
To celebrate the launch, Beryl is offering people in Sandown and Shanklin the first 10 minutes of their rides free on the day of launch, Tuesday 13th until Monday 19th July, as well as providing 10% of all minute bundles for all Isle of Wight between 7th and 18th July.
In-person launch events, which will include competitions and e-scooter skills sessions will take place on the 13th July, at Jubilee Square in Shanklin and 14th July on The Esplanade in Sandown. The events team will also be at Ryde Town Square on Wednesday (7th July), St James’s Square Newport on Thursday (8th July) and outside Waitrose in East Cowes on Friday (9th July).
For more information on these events, visit https://berylbikes.eventbrite.co.uk
Philip Ellis, CEO of Beryl, has said:
‘’We’re delighted to be expanding our e-scooter scheme on the Isle of Wight today, offering people in Sandown and Shanklin a sustainable, convenient, and enjoyable form of transport.
‘’Since we launched last year, thousands of people have used the e-scooters. We were proud to also offer NHS workers free rides during the Coronavirus pandemic and discounted rides to those on the Kickstart Scheme.
‘’By using the scheme, residents of and visitors to the Isle of Wight are helping to reduce congestion and pollution on the island, and we can’t wait to see people making use of them over the summer and beyond.’’
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Councillor Phil Jordan, Cabinet Member for Transport and Infrastructure said:
“It’s great to see how Islanders and visitors have embraced e-scooters since they launched last year.
“I hope with the expansion to Sandown and Shanklin, as the roadmap out of COVID-19 goes to the next stage, the summer will be a good time to get out and about and enjoy the area on two wheels in a fun and environmentally friendly way.”
Beryl encourages safe and responsible scooting. Riders must be 16 or over and hold a UK-valid provisional or full driving licence to ride.