A new and improved bikeshare scheme has been announced for Brighton & Hove.

Work is now underway between the council and the new provider Beryl to relaunch the scheme in the spring of 2023.

It will include:

:: At least 60% of the new fleet of bikes will be electric

::  312 new pedal-only bikes to replace the existing pedal-only fleet with a further 468 e-bikes to make up a total  fleet of 780 bikes

::  More bike docking stations around the city to make the scheme truly city wide

::  A range of tariff options for users

::  A new sponsor partnership offer

Councillor Steve Davis, co-chair of the environment, transport and sustainability committee said: “It’s very exciting to have a new operator on board. Beryl has a proven track record for delivering and operating cycle hire schemes nationwide and I can’t wait to see the new look fleet, with electric bikes, hit the streets of Brighton & Hove next year.

“Cycle hire is a fantastic way of getting around the city in an easy, active and sustainable way. BTN BikeShare is a community asset we can be very proud of as we enter a new era for the scheme.”

Phil Ellis, chief executive officer of Beryl, said: “Our core aim is to remove the barriers to sustainable travel for as many people as possible, encouraging people out of the car by providing them with a sustainable, convenient, reliable, cost-effective and fun alternative.

“We’re very experienced at delivering schemes with local authority partners and we look forward to working closely with Brighton and Hove City Council and with key stakeholders to ensure this scheme provides the best possible service to users.

“Ultimately, by getting more people using two-wheeled transport, we can help reduce congestion and harmful carbon emissions while improving public health and the quality of the region’s air.”

Photo credit: Beryl bikes

Woman on path hires bike from bikeshare scheme