Sustainable Watford

Beryl Bike Share Scheme

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To help reduce road traffic, air pollution and lower CO2 emissions, as well as improving the health and fitness of people in Watford, Beryl Bikes has delivered the first bike share scheme in Hertfordshire with the council.

The scheme comprises of up to 200 pedal bikes, 25 e-bikes and 70 preferred parking locations at Beryl Bays across the borough. The bikes are available to hire 24/7 all year round through a userfriendly smartphone app (Beryl bikes). Rides are charged per-minute, daily, or through a variety of economical prepaid riding passes. For those without a smartphone, Beryl is looking at alternative ways to provide access to the scheme. If you want to find out more, email bikeshare@watford.gov.uk or view our Frequently Asked Questions.

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Beryl-eBike will be available to hire through two payment choices:

Pay-As-You-Ride (£1 unlock fee + 10p per minute) or Minute Bundles (£1 unlock fee and bundles priced at 5p per minute, starting at 100 minutes for £5). The Beryl e-Bike can be differentiated from the Beryl Bikes through an electrified symbol that will be visible on the bike and bay icons in-app. The remaining range of the beryl e-Bike will also be displayed in-app ahead of hiring the bike so riders are able to confirm the battery will last throughout their journey.

Beryl’s e-Bikes have a centre mount pedal assist, ensuring a lower centre of gravity in the bike which provides a safer and more enjoyable riding experience. Electric power is provided through pedal assist, meaning the rider can adjust the speed of the bike through the power in their pedalling. The electric assist of the Beryl e-Bike is capped at a max speed of 15.5mph (24.9kmph) in accordance with UK law. The local Beryl operations team will manage all the onstreet maintenance and use a battery swapping process to ensure the e-bikes are charged and ready for use.

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COVID-19 Update - Beryl’s team are working carefully in line with the guidance issued. In addition, the local team are now carrying out cleaning during their routine bay inspections. During this cleaning, key areas of the bikes are sprayed with an anti-bacterial product, and then wiped clean. This however does not take place between each ride, so we do remind the public to follow the government guidance around washing your hands.

Please wash your hands before and after riding a Beryl Bike and wear gloves. If you can’t wash your hands immediately before riding, you can use an alcohol-based sanitiser. Please consider other users and follow sensible precautions as advised by the NHS and the government.  If you are self-isolating as you are unwell with coronavirus symptoms or because someone in your household is unwell, please do not use the Beryl Bikes.   


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