Micromobility operator Beryl has announced that its e-scooter and e-bike riders in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) have racked up more than one million journeys.
This equates to a total distance of over 3.8m km, the equivalent of nearly 95 journeys around the Earth.
Feedback from 31,151 users since March 2021 shows that more than a quarter (26.3%) of bike and e-scooter journeys in BCP have replaced road transport journeys. This includes driving a car/van, being a passenger in a car/van, using a taxi or riding a motorbike or moped.
According to Beryl, its micromobility vehicles have therefore saved almost 138 tonnes of CO2 from entering the earth’s atmosphere, the equivalent of more than 807 flights from London to Edinburgh.
“We aim to remove the barriers that stop people using sustainable transport and inspire them to give it a go, so it’s obviously great news that we’ve encouraged so many two-wheeled trips,” Beryl’s CEO Philip Ellis told Zag Daily.
“We made sure the scheme was planned correctly in consultation with the right people and I think that approach has been crucial in its success so far.”
Currently, 283,300 people are just a 5-minute walk away from one of Beryl’s parking bays, representing 78.5% of the service area’s population.
These bays were located and installed in partnership with BCP Council.
The scheme was originally launched with e-bikes on 17 June 2019, but then e-scooters were added to Bournemouth and Poole on 25 January 2021 as part of the Department for Transport’s (DfT) pilot.