UK-based micromobility operator Beryl is set to celebrate its fourth anniversary in the BCP (Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole) Council region by surpassing the 1.5 million journey milestone.
With an average usage of four trips per e-scooter per day, BCP is the second most utilised trial out of 32 across England, according to the Department for Transport’s National Evaluation (DfT) released in December.
According to Beryl, the scheme has replaced more than 379,000 trips that would have otherwise been taken by car, van, taxi or motorbike. It calculates that this has led to a saving of nearly 270 tonnes of carbon emissions.
Beryl CEO and Co-Founder, Phil Ellis, told Zag Daily: “Our BCP scheme is a great example of how we work with local authorities, communities and key stakeholders to provide the best possible service for users.
“We work very closely with BCP Council, constantly reviewing the scheme and our processes to ensure they’re being delivered as effectively as possible, and I think the strength of that relationship has really enabled the scheme to flourish in the way it has.”
BCP Council’s leader, Cllr Vikki Slade, said that the operator has also benefited the three towns with a new factory in Poole to assemble and service their bikes and e-scooters.
“This factory has created eight full-time jobs and is also providing supported internships for 16 to 24-year-olds with special educational needs, a good win for both Beryl and us.”
Besides BCP Council, Beryl operates shared e-scooter schemes in partnership with Norfolk County Council and Isle of Wight Council.
All three are delivered alongside other modes as properly integrated schemes with Beryl the sole operator. They are designed to complement local transport networks and encourage people to develop more sustainable travel habits.
Beryl has also recently launched a fleet of e-bikes in Plymouth as part of the mobility hub Connect Plymouth. The initiative aims to change people’s travel habits by installing hubs that offer a range of more affordable and greener urban travel options.