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UK city of Norwich extends free Beryl Bike scheme

The initiative forms part of a package of government measures in response to Covid-19 paid for through the Department for Transport’s Travel Demand Management fund.

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The scheme will provide an alternative form of travel for essential workers
The scheme will provide an alternative form of travel for essential workers

Norfolk County Council (NCC) has extended its free ride initiative in a bid to help essential journeys across Norwich during the approaching lockdown in the UK.

 

In partnership with micro-mobility provider Beryl, 30 minutes free riding on Beryl pedal bikes and 15 minutes free riding on the Beryl e-bikes will be on offer between 7:30am-9:30am as well as 3:00pm-4:30pm.

 

Government measures

 

The initiative forms part of a package of government measures in response to Covid-19 paid for through the Department for Transport’s Travel Demand Management fund.

 

According to NCC, the extension of this initiative will allow essential workers to continue traveling in a safe and sustainable way, while also offering Norwich’s wider community a way to look after their physical and mental health throughout lockdown.

 

“The Beryl Bike share scheme is one of the many ways the council is working collaboratively to enhance our active travel offering in Norwich, and it’s fantastic that we are able to extend the scheme,” said councillor Martin Wilby, cabinet member for highways and infrastructure, Norfolk County Council.

 

“We have already seen a significant increase in the number of people cycling in Norwich since lockdown and throughout September and October and hopefully the extension of this offer will see the trend continue.”

 

NCC reports hundreds of Beryl Bikes have been hired out each week since the beginning of the free-ride initiative in mid-September, and hopes the extension will inspire those across the city to take part in Norwich’s continued green recovery, that will also help to ease the burden on other public transport.

“We want to do everything we can to make cycling more accessible to everyone across the city and are delighted that the free ride offer has been extended”

“We want to do everything we can to make cycling more accessible to everyone across the city and are delighted that the free ride offer has been extended. Riders in Norwich have clocked up almost 1,000 trips by Beryl pedal and e-bikes already with up to 4,000 free rides of up to 30 minutes available,” added Philip Ellis, CEO of Beryl.

 

“Two-thirds of all journeys are less than five miles, a trip that can easily be taken by a bike and within 30 minutes. The benefits of cycling for that long is enough to improve stress levels, physical health and reduce risks of illness.”

 

Riders using Beryl Bikes are encouraged to wash their hands immediately before and after use, stay two metres away from others while cycling and not to ride in large groups.

 

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