BIKE share provider Berly has announced a partnership with Bournemouth University and Arts University Bournemouth.

A series of initiatives throughout 2020 and beyond, will give those studying or working at the Bournemouth universities discounted or free access to Beryl’s fleet of 1,000 bikes across the city.

The partnership is built on Beryl and the universities shared goals of lowering the barrier to entry for sustainable travel, reducing carbon emissions and helping the city’s students and staff live a healthier and happier lifestyle.

Beryl CEO Philip Ellis said: “As waves of students and staff return to Bournemouth University and its surrounding areas, Beryl wants to help those looking for safe alternative transportation.

“We’re proud to deliver a service that can aid social distancing whilst also providing people with an enjoyable way to travel.”

“We hope this partnership can help the tens of thousands studying or working at Bournemouth University to lead a sustainable transport revolution across Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole.”

Jim Andrews, chief operating officer at Bournemouth University said: “Bournemouth University has a long standing commitment to promoting and providing sustainable options for students and staff travelling to our campuses.

“The University is delighted to be partnering with Beryl Bikes to help reduce its environmental impact and to support the response to Covid-19"

Tom Marshall, head of estates and campus services at Arts University Bournemouth added: “Arts University Bournemouth welcomes the opportunity to work with Beryl Bikes as part of its drive to increase sustainable travel to the campus for students and staff.

“The current emphasis on travel methods such as cycling, in response to Covid-19, further supports AUB’s commitment to sustainable travel aligned with our wider environmental sustainability ambitions.”

Those using Beryl Bikes are encouraged to wash their hands immediately before and after use, stay two metres away from others whilst cycling and not to ride in large groups. Beryl’s guidance on safe use of the service can be found here.

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