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MaaS and micro-mobility companies team for first- and last-mile options

Moovit and Beryl are partnering in five UK towns and cities to better connect their rides with public transport for more efficient first and last segments of a journey.

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Beryl Bikes in Watford, one of the UK towns involved in the Moovit partnership
Beryl Bikes in Watford, one of the UK towns involved in the Moovit partnership

Mobility-as-a-service company Moovit and micro-mobilty company Beryl are partnering to offer users more convenient first- and last-mile transport options in five UK towns and cities in Norwich, Hereford, the Isle of Wight, Watford and Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch.

 

The Moovit urban app will show users where Beryl bikes, e-bikes, and e-scooters are available nearby.

 

Connected rides

 

While many UK residents are still working from home, Moovit’s 2020 Global Public Transport Report found that, on average, 35 per cent of cyclists and scooter users in the UK prefer to connect their rides with public transport for more efficient first and last segments of a journey. Many people, however, still drive their private vehicles to connect with main transport hubs or drive directly to their destination.

 

The companies share a vision to get more cars off the road. Moovit will show its users in real-time where a Beryl vehicle is available nearby, including how long it will take to walk there. Users can experience Beryl’s offering in the following cities, with more to be added soon:

  • Norwich: bikes, e-bikes, and e-scooters
  • Hereford: bikes
  • Isle of Wight: e-scooters
  • Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch: bikes and e-scooters
  • Watford: bikes and e-bikes.

Beryl’s micro-mobility model aims to give users the convenience of hiring and returning bikes to marked Beryl Bays, which are implemented in consultation with local councils and partners. It claims the hybrid approach keeps the city’s social infrastructure intact and ensures a high rate of orderly bay to bay journeys. In 2020, as part of a nationwide trial, the Department for Transport approved Beryl as a provider for rental e-scooter schemes.

“Offering more alternative forms of transport, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, that can easily get people to their destination is a critical component of any mobility-as-a-service platform”

“Now more than ever, we need to encourage a wider group of society to take greener modes of transport. Beryl’s partnership with Moovit will help empower people to find more affordable and sustainable journey options within their communities, creating transformative transport habits that improve air pollution and tackle climate change,” said Phil Ellis, CEO of Beryl. “We look forward to working with Moovit to fine-tune our existing schemes so that we can better serve people’s needs and encourage more journeys by bike and e-scooter.”

 

Moovit, an Intel company, combines information from public transport operators and authorities with live information from the user community to offer travellers a real-time picture, including the best route for the journey, service alerts, and get-off notifications. Moovit reports it has guided more than 950 million users in getting around town, using any mode of transport.

 

“Offering more alternative forms of transport, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic, that can easily get people to their destination is a critical component of any mobility-as-a-service platform,” said Luke Redfern, Moovit’s UK partnerships manager. “That’s why we are excited to partner with Beryl. From Norwich to Bournemouth, riders can now find several options of alternative mobility to enjoy the most convenient ways of getting from A to B.”

 

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