Published: August 1, 2022 | Updated: August 2, 2022

Bike share expands beyond BCP to Wimborne, Colehill, West Parley, West Moors & Ferndown

Team members from Beryl with Dorset Council’s Chris Whitehouse, Transport Projects Officer; Cllr Mike Parkes, Ferndown North; Cllr Simon Gibson, Lead Member for Highways, and Cllr Cathy Lugg, Ferndown North, at the new Beryl Bikes bay in Ferndown.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Thousands more people are to get the chance of taking up two wheeled travel with the extension of a bike share scheme.

Micromobility provider, Beryl, and Dorset Council has launched a new South East Dorset initiative covering Wimborne, Colehill, West Parley, West Moors and Ferndown.

All five areas are now linked up with the existing Beryl bike share scheme in Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.

It is being funded through South East Dorset’s Transforming Cities Fund programme.

The programme is aimed at reducing congestion, protecting the natural environment and encouraging healthy, active travel across the region.

The extended scheme launched just ahead of national Cycle to Work Day on Thursday August 4.

The event aims to encourage people across the country to get on their bikes and get to work on two wheels, whether they haven’t hopped on a bike since their school days or are committed cycle commuters.

The South East Dorset Beryl bikes scheme is providing 122 bikes and more than 50 bays across the area.

It will allow more people to make cycle journeys including:

  • From Wimborne – Ferndown (20 mins) Parley Cross (30 mins) Colehill (5 mins) West Moors (25 mins) Bournemouth (50 mins), Christchurch (58 mins), Poole (36 mins).
  • From Ferndown – Moors Valley Country Park (25 mins) Verwood (30 mins) Colehill (15 mins) West Moors (8 mins) Parley Cross (12 mins) Bournemouth (42 mins), Christchurch (43 mins), Poole (53 mins)

Phil Ellis, Beryl CEO, pictured left, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be able to launch the scheme in South East Dorset and, in doing so, enable more people to take advantage of the excellent local cycling infrastructure.

“As with all of our schemes, this scheme has been designed to provide the best possible service for users by being delivered both in partnership with the local authority and in consultation with communities and key stakeholders.

“The launch of the new bikes coincides with national Cycle To Work Day, so with the weather warm and the days still long, it is an excellent time for people to give bike share a try.”

Cllr Simon Gibson, Dorset Council’s Lead Member for Highways, said: “Active travel is a core part of our Climate and Ecological Emergency Strategy, and will help us reduce Dorset’s carbon emissions to net zero.

“This means we need to make cycling easy and accessible for as many of our residents as possible.

“Setting up the Beryl bike scheme in Dorset is an exciting opportunity not only to help protect the natural environment, but help people get active and even save money at a time when fuel is so expensive.

“With local cycling infrastructure currently being developed through our Transforming Travel programme with BCP Council, there has never been a better time to hop on a bike in East Dorset.”

Launched in April 2019, the BCP bike share scheme currently has 900 bikes and 250 e-scooters.

The South East Dorset scheme will increase the total number of available bikes in the region to more than 1,000.

As of August 1, riders have made more than 1,099,500 journeys over a distance of more than 4,147,780 km since the launch.

Riders can hire a Beryl bike through the Beryl app, available for download on the App Store for iOS, and the Google Play Store for Android users.

The bikes can be picked up and dropped off in marked ‘Beryl Bays’.

Riders have a payment choice of:

  • Pay-As-You-Ride (£1 unlock fee + 5p per minute)
  • Minute Bundles (no unlock fee and bundles starting at 100 minutes for £5)
  • Day Passes (24 hours of unlimited riding for £12).

Once their ride is complete, users simply close the lock on the bike to complete their ride and make it available for the next person to use.