Transport

Published: December 17, 2019 | Updated: December 17, 2019

On yer bike – and also bus – as Beryl Bikes locations are featured on websites and app

By Andrew Diprose, editor

There’s a new easy way to get to your next destination by bike and bus.

From this week Bournemouth and Poole’s Beryl Bikes – and the location of their bays – can be seen on the websites of Morebus, Unibus and Yellow Buses.

In addition, Yellow Buses also has the locations available on its smartphone app.

It’s an important step in making it easier to understand the travel options available – bike and/or bus –  which don’t require a car.

The initiative involves several organisations working together towards a more sustainable transport network.

They are BCP Council, Beryl, Morebus (part of the Go-Ahead Group), Yellow Buses and Passenger (the public transport mobile app, website and voice platform).

Cllr Andy Hadley, BCP Council’s Transport portfolio holder, said: “As a major urban area we have huge congestion challenges and limited space to build new capacity.

“We want to make alternative travel options more integrated and, in doing so, set an example of what collaboration can achieve.

“If we are to address our climate emergency we must work together to make it easy to leave the car at home, especially for shorter journeys.”

Andrew Wickham, Managing Director, Go South Coast, which operates both Morebus and Unibus, said: “By working together with the other public transport operators, including Beryl, we can encourage more residents out of their cars.”

Westbourne-based Passenger is behind the Morebus and Unibus websites.

Its product – Passenger Cloud- also powers Yellow Buses’ website and app.

Tom Quay, Passenger’s Chief Executive Officer, said: “The project has given the partners a great opportunity to work closely together.

“With everyone at the same table we’ve been able to deliver a project quickly that has a positive impact on lots of people locally.”

Beryl, which launched in Bournemouth and Poole in June this year, has made the availability of its Beryl Bikes accessible through a secure API.

It allows organisations like Passenger to share live locations of the available Beryl Bikes and bays with the data added to the More Bus and Yellow Bus applications.

Philip Ellis, Beryl Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, said: “By joining up travel options we’re making sustainable travel an easier choice.

“Working with the local bus companies means that travelling by bike and bus, as part of the same journey, will become a realistic travel option for even more people.”

  • Visit the Morebus, Unibus and Yellow Buses websites or download the Yellow Buses app from the app stores, to see the Beryl Bikes and bays alongside information about the buses.