Just 10 days on from the launch, over 1300 journeys have taken place on Beryl bikes across Watford.
The bike share scheme which is open to anyone 16 and over via a free to download app (Beryl bikes), is currently operating with 200 pedal bikes available from 42 bays located at key points around the town.
Resident Andrew Lalchan said “The Beryl bikes have been brilliant, the app works great and the bikes give a smooth ride. I have used it 9 times so far”
100 electric bikes will soon join the scheme and a further 18 bays are currently being installed.
Elected Mayor Peter Taylor said “I am really pleased that the bike share scheme has already been so popular. Some of these 1,300 journeys would have previously been taken by car - so not only are riders reducing traffic congestion, they are helping to make the air in our town cleaner as well as helping people to get active. This was an important commitment our mine when I stood to be Mayor and I am pleased that the launch of the scheme has gone well.”
Over 1000 people have also downloaded the free travelWatford app which was also launched last week for residents, visitors and workers. Drawing from real time data the app gives you details of all the options available for getting around the town along with the financial and carbon footprint of each choice.
A further green alternative option for getting around town – the Arriva Click on demand bus – goes live from 23 March. A fleet of seven 15 seater buses that respond to an individual’s journey request rather than following a fixed route will operate across the borough. The buses are fully accessible to wheelchair users.
Peter Taylor concluded “I am determined to do all I can to make Watford a cleaner, greener less congested town, these three initiatives are a testament to that”.