DORSET'S Beryl Bikes have been cycled the equivalent of twice around the world in the three months since launching in Bournemouth and Poole.

The British urban cycling brand which launched its hybrid, dockless scheme in the towns earlier this year, has announced its fleet of emerald bikes have collectively cycled more than 80,000km. The distance pedalled is a carbon offset, of 14,487 kg of CO2 according to DEFRA's carbon conversion factor.

Residents and visitors to Bournemouth and Poole have made great use of the 1,000 bikes and 180 Beryl parking bays throughout the summer. The scheme’s popularity has also grown month on month since its launch, as the first month alone riders clocked up 7,000km across the south coast. During the Bournemouth Air Festival, locals and visitors helped reduce congestion by making more than 2,500 trips by Beryl Bikes.

With the BCP Council having declared a climate emergency, Beryl has encouraged those yet to take part in the bike share scheme to consider using its bikes as part of Car Free Day September 22. The globally recognised event encourages motorists to give up their cars for the day to promote other means of transport like cycling or walking.

Beryl chief executive Phillip Ellis said: “We are delighted with the way the Beryl bike share scheme in Bournemouth and Poole has exponentially grown since its launch in June. For those thinking of trying out one of our bikes for the first time, I’d encourage them to try it on Car Free Day where others around the UK and the world have the chance to change their transport habits in a more environmentally friendly way.”

Councillor Andy Hadley, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transport and Infrastructure at BCP Council, said: "Cycling is a sustainable and healthy form of travel, and we hope this success encourages more people to give it a go and enjoy a ride on the increasingly recognisable Beryl Bikes. This is a real boost to our aims to combat the Climate Emergency, to reduce congestion and improve air quality by practical action from our residents and visitors.’’