Transport for Greater Manchester has selected the UK’s leading micro-bike provider, Beryl, to lead the city’s new cycle hire scheme which aims to provide an affordable, integrated and accessible transportation network across the region.

The British-owned company that already designs and oversees cycling and e-scooter solutions for places like Norwich, Watford, Bournemouth and the Isle of Wight will join part of Manchester’s wider plans for its new Bee Network – a public transport system that will connect Greater Manchester via the UK’s largest cycling and walking network.

Phase one of the scheme is due to launch later this year and will see Beryl create and release 1,500 bikes and e-bikes which can be collected via 200 bespoke docking stations located across Manchester, Trafford and Salford. The Bee Network promises to make bikes available within a five-minute walk of 198,000 households across the region, giving the public easy access to a safe, convenient and enjoyable forms of green-transport leading the way to Manchester’s ultimate goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2038.

While the first step of this new travel network plan is currently underway, Beryl and TfGM are keen to include the input of local communities and will host a number of consultations with key stakeholder throughout the coming months. For more information, visit the TfGM website.

Tue 22 Jun, Image via: Beryl Bikes
Simon Bland
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Tue 22 Jun 2021