BERYL E-SCOOTERS HIT OVER 700 RIDES IN THE FIRST WEEK
In their first week of operation on the Isle of Wight, 25 Beryl e-Scooters have travelled over 4,000km and been used for over 700 journeys – with the number of scooters available set to double.
e-Scooters are available to hire through the free Beryl app and can be picked up and dropped off in marked ‘Beryl Bays’ across Newport, although residents have been complaining about scooters being dumped at the side of the road.
With 22 Beryl Bays positioned at key locations and transport hubs in Newport such as Town Lane, Carisbrooke Road and St Mary’s Hospital, there will always be an e-Scooter nearby.
Islanders will see the number of e-Scooters in Newport double by the end of this week, from 25 to 50, while plans are being made to roll-out a further 100 e-Scooters and extend the service area into Cowes and Ryde in the coming weeks.
Through Beryl’s high-tech GPS tracking solutions and data platform they are providing the Isle of Wight Council with valuable data insights on how e-Scooters are being used. Data from the first week of the scheme’s operation reveal that each e-Scooter is used up to 7 times per day.
Beryl e-Scooters are capped at a top speed of 12.5mph and in adherence with the law are only allowed on the road, not on pavements. However, some younger riders have been seen taking the e-Scooters on the dual carriageway and travelling the wrong way up one-way streets.
All riders are required to provide a UK-valid provisional or full Driving Licence to use the e-Scooters. Anyone caught fraudulently riding with another person’s licence will be banned indefinitely and could face police action.
Philip Ellis, Beryl CEO, said:
“It has been amazing to see how Islanders have adopted the e-Scooter share scheme in such a short space of time by using it to make journeys in and around Newport. The e-Scooters have made travelling around both easier and healthier for local people, and the local environment will benefit from reduced pollution and better air quality.
“Now, more than ever, shared e-Scooters have become essential transportation options for people to travel safely during the pandemic. Since e-Scooters are still relatively new to the region, there are lessons to be learned. Beryl is working closely with the Isle of Wight Council, Solent Transport, Island Roads and Hampshire Police to promote safe use and that maximise the benefits of e-Scooters.”