2019 saw the introduction of a new bike share scheme for the Bournemouth & Poole – Beryl Bikes.
With hundreds of bikes dotted around more than 100 Beryl Bike Bays across Bournemouth and Poole, you can rent a bike for ten minutes, all day or anything in between.
Download the Beryl Bike app, to find you nearest Beryl Bay and check how many bikes are available. Once you have set up your account, which is very easy and only takes a couple of minutes, you can use your phone to unlock a bike and off you go. Search for Beryl Bikes in your app store, available on Apple and Android.
The scheme works very much like the London Santander Bike scheme, but the main difference is that the Beryl Bikes do not have docking stations, but instead have Beryl Bays. These are areas where you can pick up and drop off a bike. If you leave your bike somewhere else away from the Beryl Bay then you will be required to pay a small supplement. Download the app for free and see where you nearest bikes are.
Most City Sightseeing bus stops have a Beryl Bay very close by so you can now hop off the bus and hop on a Beryl Bike.
Combining Beryl Bikes with a City Sightseeing Bus Only or Bus & Boat ticket opens up a huge number of new opportunities to explore the area in a fun and enjoyable way.
The promenade is a great place to cycle, from Bournemouth to Poole, though you cannot ride on it between 10am and 6pm during July and August.
A few ideas.
How about hopping off at Sandbanks, grab a Beryl bike and cycle over to Studland via the chain ferry. If you like you can cycle on to Swanage and with our Bus & Boat ticket come back to Poole Quay with you bike aboard the City Cruises Poole boat from Swanage Pier.
Catch the City Sightseeing bus to Poole Quay, grab a Beryl Bike and follow the cycle path along the edge of Poole Harbour to Upton Country Park, a great place to explore for all the family. Cycle back to Poole Quay drop your bike off and catch the City Sightseeing service back to Bournemouth.
If you are coming from Poole to Bournemouth, jump off at Bournemouth Pier and head east to Hengistbury Head, either along the prom or on the overcliff.
Your Beryl Bike is not currently included in the price of your City Sightseeing ticket, but we do hope to offer a combination ticket in the future.
Let your adventure begin!