Micromobility provider, Beryl, has teamed up with Norwich City Council to launch a city-wide fleet of bikes and scooters.
The aim of this project is to provide the public with an opportunity to rent bikes, e-bikes and e-scooters, enabling them to choose active and sustainable travel when getting about the city.
In order to prevent these new vehicles from impeding on the city’s infrastructure, Beryl has been incentivising responsible parking and they will also use a new hybrid model that encourages riders to park in geo-fenced bays.
This 12-month scheme will give Beryl an opportunity to learn how a choice of vehicle types can assist the public across a wider range of journey types and physical abilities. This data will then be used to inform the Local Authority Partner as to how they can best implement wider sustainable transport plans.
Philip Ellis, CEO and co-founder of Beryl said: ‘We’re confident this first truly multi-modal trial will provide a great example of the future for micro-mobility services everywhere.
‘Providing the city with bikes, e-bikes and e-scooters operating citywide and including the right mix of pleasant physical parking locations and parklets across the city.
‘We believe this mix of vehicles and infrastructure will deliver the best service possible for our local authority partner as well as the community, supporting the need for a green recovery.’
Transport minister Rachel Maclean added: ‘E-Scooters could offer cleaner, more efficient and more affordable travel within our towns and cities and the trials in Norfolk will allow us to assess their impact on public space alongside pedal bikes and e-bikes.
‘The rollout of these trials will continue to build on what we’ve learnt from those in the Tees Valley area. I’ve been in close contact with local MP Chloe Smith to ensure strict safety measures will be in place – including license verification and responsible parking incentives to ensure greater control over the vehicles’ locations.’