A fleet of bikes and e-bikes are available to hire across Borehamwood for the public.

The Beryl Bikes hire scheme has been launched with 45 bikes stationed across 16 locations in the town.

The turqouise-coloured bikes can be hired via Beryl’s app with Hertsmere Borough Council hoping it will encourage people to ditch the car for short trips.

Environment councillor Seamus Quilty said: “Our new cycle scheme is a fun, sustainable and healthy way for our residents and visitors to get around Borehamwood, without having to rely on petrol or diesel-powered vehicles.

“We have installed Beryl bikes at key locations across the town, which allows users to make quick, easy trips across the town and surrounding area – perfect for work, leisure or running errands.

“The cycle hire scheme is just one part of our sustainability aims and our commitment to achieving net zero carbon emissions no later than 2050.

“It’s simple and cheap to hire a bike, so why not download the app and give it a try.”

Users can pay for their journeys in a variety of ways to suit individual needs and circumstances.

The council says the pay as you ride mode is best for single journeys or occasional rides and will cost users £1 unlocking fee and 5p per minute on pedal bikes. It will cost £1.50 to unlock an e-bike with 10p per minute to hire.

Minute Bundles enable regular users to buy upfront and save money, starting at 100 minutes for £5, while day passes are suitable for people on long days out and offer people unlimited riding over a 24-hour-period for £12 for pedal bikes or £16 to include e-bikes.

The council says the number of Beryl Bikes in Borehamwood will increase to 70 bikes and 24 bays over the coming months.

The Beryl app is available for free download on the App Store for iOS, and the Google Play Store for Android users.

The bike hire scheme is being funded by money the council has received from developers to improve infrastructure as well as from Sky Studios and Elstree and Borehamwood Town Council.

For more information or to find your nearest bay visit beryl.cc/scheme/hertsmere