Can you please confirm if there are any plans- or talk of plans- to introduce Beryl Bikes to the Southgate Circus area? I have heard from worried shop owners that council employees have come and taken measurements of the grounds where they might go.
If it is the case, can we please arrange a visit so I am reassured where they will go is a correct place?
- How many bikes will be installed?
- Will they be free-standing or like Boris bikes that are mounted?
- How will people pay to use them?
- Where are they currently implemented around the Borough?
Hope for a quick response to this please!
Cllr. Stephanos Ioannou
Dear Cllr Ioannou,
Thank you for your email. I trust that you received the email from my colleague Craig Nicol last week with details of the bike share scheme (attached). Please let me know if you have any further questions.
There are Beryl Bays in Southgate are detailed on the map available here (bays currently painted or soon to be painted are the pink dots). There are some locations where we would like to paint Beryl Bays that fall on land owned by Transport for London. In these instances we are undertaking the necessary checks and approvals. However, the majority of bays will be located on the public highway – Council colleagues will be ensuring that the locations proposed are appropriate and do not compromise pedestrian access etc. The purpose of the bays is to look to contain the bike when not used, rather than them been parked more freely by users which has the potential to cause more inconvenience.
Fifty bikes are currently available in the Borough and more will be delivered throughout the Summer. They are freestanding and can be hired and unlocked through the Beryl app. The wheels are locked until someone unlocks the bike. Payment is also made through the app where users can choose to pre-load money onto their account, pay a day rate, or pay as they go. More information is available on the Beryl website.