Manchester’s cycle hire programme will be one of the largest docked systems outside London
UK micromobility provider Beryl has been chosen by Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) to design, deliver and operate its cycle hire scheme.
The scheme is part of wider plans from the mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, to develop Greater Manchester’s Bee Network, an affordable, integrated and accessible transport network for the city region and its people.
Bikes and e-bikes
Phase one of the scheme is set to include 1,500 bikes and e-bikes, available from more than 200 new cycle hire docking stations across Manchester, Trafford and Salford. The initial launch will see bikes available within a five-minute walk of 198,000 households. Following a year-long procurement process, Beryl reportedly scored highest on quality in comparison to other bidders.
The operator has delivered bike and e-scooter schemes in locations around the country including Norwich, Watford, Hereford, Bournemouth, and the Isle of Wight. It also provides technology for the Transport for London (TfL) Santander Cycles in London and the Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) bikes in the West Midlands.
A press statement said the scheme in Greater Manchester will be planned and implemented alongside the local community to ensure that it benefits everyone. Consultations have already begun with key local stakeholder groups, and this engagement will continue throughout the planning and implementation process.
“We’re fully integrating our public transport system – the Bee Network – and building the UK’s largest cycling and walking network, so I am very pleased to announce that Beryl has been named as our delivery partner for cycle hire, with the first bikes going on the ground later this year,” said Burnham.
He added: “Our cycle hire will be one of the largest docked systems outside London and I cannot wait to use the new bikes myself as a way to get from A to B. We’re making huge strides towards our plans to build back greener and be carbon neutral by 2038.”
“We’re fully integrating our public transport system – the Bee Network – and building the UK’s largest cycling and walking network”
TfGM and Beryl aim to ensure bike and e-bike docking stations are conveniently placed, not only for those that use them, but for all other road and pavement users as well.
‘”As we begin to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, enabling people to travel safely, affordably, and conveniently by bike will be key to rejuvenating our high streets and improving our environment, particularly reducing air pollution,” said Philip Ellis, CEO, Beryl.
“Andy Burnham, Chris Boardman and Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) have fantastic ambition when it comes to active travel, and we’re excited to be playing our role and bringing our experience in delivering world-class cycle hire. There is huge appetite for this scheme, and we can’t wait to see people on our bikes and e-bikes later this year.’’
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