On 2nd March 2020, Watford Council launched Hertfordshire’s first bike share scheme and a digital travel app to help residents access transport services and navigate around the town.
The travel app has already received over 600 individual downloads and residents were enjoying the new bikes.
This is the first wave of initiatives as part of Watford’s transport revolution, which includes an on-demand bus launching on 23rd March and active E-Car Club and 14 new on street EV charging bays.
The transport revolution comes after the Council declared a climate emergency last Summer, and these are the first of many steps taken in its fight against climate change. Watford Council’s efforts also demonstrate how small, local governments can take initiative to deliver innovative solutions to big, global issues.
Travel Watford Transport App
Powering the green revolution is the new and free travel app named ‘Travel Watford’, available on iOS and Android phones.
The app draws on large banks of data, providing information on all the potential modes of transport to local destinations, including trains, fixed-route buses, the new on-demand bus service and the recently announced electric car club.
The goal of the app is to promote sustainable transport, helping Watford to become a greener, less congested and less car dependent town.
Bike Share Scheme
The Beryl bike share scheme is the first of its kind in Hertfordshire and is comprised of 200 pedal bikes followed by 100 e-bikes to be rolled out later in the year.
The bikes are available 24/7 at 70 locations around the town and will link Watford’s Metropolitan Line Station with Watford Junction Station, increasing connectivity for travellers while meeting needs for additional sustainable modes of transport. The service can be accessed through the free Beryl App, which manages the process of paying for journeys around town.
Elected Mayor of Watford Peter Taylor said:
“This new bike share scheme will give people another option for travelling around our town,
help to make our air cleaner and reduce congestion.
“This is part of a series of improvements which also includes introducing on demand buses later this month and our new travelWatford transport app. Everyone knows that our roads are busy and so it’s right that we take action to improve transport in Watford.”