Bike share

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We have partnered with Berylfor a 5 year contract to deliver an innovative Bike Share scheme across Bournemouth and Poole. Beryl’s distinctive emerald green bikes are available for instant hire via the Beryl app.

The app tracks the GPS location of the bike allowing you to easily access and unlock any Beryl bike simply using a smartphone.

50 brand new bikes are conveniently distributed for use at key destinations including rail and bus stations, town centre shopping areas and tourist attractions. The gradual roll out of bikes will eventually increase to around 1,000 bikes by the summer months. 

Future developments include the introduction of a fleet of electric bikes for hire and potential expansion of the scheme into Christchurch. Businesses will also be offered the use of shared electric cargo bikes to assist with local deliveries and help cut both carbon emissions and congestion.

How it works

The Beryl bikes have 3 speed gears and a step through design, with fully adjustable handlebars and seats for a wide range of riders, from 4’11” to 6’5”.

The app can be downloaded on the Apple App Store for iPhone, and the Google Play Store for Android users. Riders can choose to pay each time they cycle, or take up an annual membership.

Users will be informed of the location of ‘Beryl Bays’, the preferred parking locations to leave the bikes. However, the scheme is designed with flexibility in mind and will allow users to park the bikes elsewhere, provided they are safely within the scheme area.

Operators will keep track of all the bikes and will re-balance them as required to maximise availability.


You will be able to hire a Beryl bike using the Beryl app, then ride it anywhere in the operating zone for 5p a minute. Bikes can be picked up and dropped off in marked out ‘Beryl Bays’. Users have a payment choice of:

  • pay-as-you-ride: £1 unlock fee
  • minute bundles: no unlock fee
  • 24 Hour day pass: £12

Cost to the local authority

There is no initial or ongoing cost to the council and Beryl will be responsible for supplying the bikes plus associated equipment as well as management and maintenance of the service. Beryl will also be investing in local cycling infrastructure in the area to ensure maximum efficiency for those riding.

Contact information

The Bike Share scheme is operated by Beryl who provide the bikes and maintain them at no cost to the council. Please contact Beryl direct if you have any questions regarding the operation of scheme:

Page last updated: 12 May 2021
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