Micromobility operator Beryl has announced that it is launching 250 e-bikes in Cornwall over the next few months as part of a cycle share scheme.
The first 50 Beryl e-bikes will arrive in Falmouth next week.
Riders can hire and return the e-bikes to 20 ‘Beryl Bays’, which have been introduced following consultation with stakeholders and the community.
The scheme will expand further over the coming months to Newquay, Penzance, St Austell and Truro, with each town set to welcome a new fleet of 50 e-bikes.
Operated on behalf of Cornwall Council by Beryl, the e-bike scheme has been funded by the Council’s Carbon Neutral Cornwall fund.
“I am delighted that we will be able to bring this scheme to residents in these five areas. I hope it will encourage more people to leave the car at home and use pedal power,” said Philip Desmonde, Cornwall Council Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transport.
“This supports our ambitions to give residents choices about how they travel short distances – in Falmouth alone almost half of all car journeys to work are less than 5km.”
A pay-as-you-go ride has a £1.50 unlock fee and is 10p per minute. Day Passes are also available to offer people unlimited riding over a 24-hour period for £20.
“Cornwall is undoubtedly a fantastic place for people to take advantage of our e-bikes so I’m delighted that we’re up and running,” said Beryl’s CEO and Co-Founder Philip Ellis.
“E-bikes are a fun and versatile way to travel and their extra power can really open up areas, enabling riders to tackle hills and undertake longer journeys.”