A race starting from Garston and finishing in the centre of Watford ended with Beryl’s e-bikes reigning victorious as the fastest way round town.
Councillors, journalists and even a mayor took part in the contest to determine which method of transport was the quickest way to get around in the city.
With Mayor Peter Taylor riding a Beryl e-bike, representatives of lottery operator Camelot on Beryl bikes, the team from Watford Cycle Hub and Watford Observer journalist Nathan Louis using their own bikes and Beryl bikes, Watford Borough Council’s Kim Bloomfield travelling via car and Cllr Ian Stotesbury on foot, the race began at the Woodside Leisure Centre.
It was the Mayor who made it to St Mary’s Church in Watford first, in a brisk time of 25 minutes, followed quickly by the Cycle Hub and Camelot teams. Mr Louis came in at 34 minutes, Kim Bloomfield made it in 45 minutes and last but certainly not least, Cllr Stotesbury arrived at the 52-minute mark.
The Beryl bike share scheme was installed in Watford in 2020. With 300 bikes and 70 parking bays now dotted around the city. With a huge 90.42 tonnes of carbon saved via 166,400 journeys this last year and half, they’ve certainly been a success for the town.
Elected Mayor of Watford, Peter Taylor, said “I had a lot of fun racing around Watford on one of Beryl’s e-bikes. They’re perfect for longer distances or for those who need a little assistance to make their way around town.
“I’m glad that the scheme – one of my key promises – has been so well-received by the people of Watford. We were the first place in the UK to have e-bikes as part of a bike share scheme. It is so important that we make it easier for people to travel around the town and cut congestion in Watford.”