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Beryl will bowl into the Isle of Wight with electric scooters

Beryl has secured its second e-scooter trial location: the Isle of Wight.

Under the project, the British bike-share and engineering firm will work with Solent Transport and the Isle of Wight Council to introduce a fleet of 75 e-scooters. The proposal is with the DfT and awaiting approval.

Solent Transport is the regional partnership embracing Portsmouth, Southampton, Isle of Wight and and Hampshire. The organisation has multiple e-scooter initiatives planned under an umbrella programme.

“We welcome this trial to the Isle of Wight,” Ian Ward, cabinet member for transport and infrastructure at Isle of Wight Council and Chair of the Solent Transport Joint Committee, said in an official statement today. “E-scooters could help the island not only as we emerge from this pandemic but as we look to tackle climate change by offering a greener and healthier alternative to the car for many journeys.”

Beryl is already operating an e-scooter fleet in Norwich, where the little two-wheelers are made available to hire alongside bike-share bicycle and e-bikes. The micromobility operator also runs bike-share schemes in six other locations across the country, using a system of physical hubs to reduce street clutter.

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