Efforts to give residents more choice on how they travel will see 250 e-bikes brought to Cornwall over the next few months as part of a cycle share scheme.
The first Beryl Bikes will arrive in Falmouth and Penryn next week, with 50 bikes and 20 docking bays where they can be hired and returned.
Operated on behalf of Cornwall Council by Beryl – the UK’s leading micromobility provider – the e-bike scheme will expand to Newquay, Penzance, St Austell and Truro over the coming months.
Bikes can be hired through the Beryl app.
Philip Desmonde, Cornwall Council cabinet portfolio holder for transport, said: “I am delighted that we will be able to bring this scheme to residents in these five areas. I hope it will encourage more people to leave the car at home and use pedal power – with a little assistance!
This supports our ambitions to give residents choices about how they travel short distances – in Falmouth alone almost half of all car journeys to work are of less than 5km. Taking these journeys by e-bike can help make a difference not just to our environment, but our health too. This can be a fun way to travel, avoiding traffic congestion and the stress of finding somewhere to park. In most cases it’s also cheaper than driving short distances.
I do hope that when you have made your first use of this alternative way of travelling within your local area, you will become an avid fan – please try and enjoy!”