People of Portsmouth are among the nation's best at parking rental e-scooters and bikes in designated parking docks.

Thanks to the strategic deployment of more than 200 parking docks throughout the city, riders can effortlessly rent pedal bikes, electric bikes, and rental e-scooters, confident in the knowledge that they will easily locate their vehicle and return it to a clearly marked dock at the end of their journey. This not only improves the rental process but also contributes to a safer and cleaner city environment, keeping our streets clutter-free and accessible to all.

Portsmouth, as part of the Solent Future Transport Zone, is leading the way in taking a safe and considerate approach to rental schemes, with 96% of rental e-scooters and bikes being returned to their designated parking racks – among the highest compliance rate of any city in the country.

According to a recent report from CoMoUK, many local authorities have now switched from a model where riders can park anywhere if it’s safe to do so, to one where they’re required to park in designated parking bays or docks, as in Portsmouth.

Councillor Vernon-Jackson, Cabinet Member for Transport, said: “We have ensured that rental e-scooters, pedal bikes, and electric bikes in Portsmouth are operated exclusively within designated locations. This not only guarantees ease of access for users but also reduces the vehicles unsafely littering our streets. I am delighted to see that our approach is proving effective with other regions across the country now following Portsmouth’s lead, and I encourage all rental riders to take this safe approach.”

Beryl CEO and co-founder, Phil Ellis, said “Our schemes are carefully designed and delivered in partnership with transport authorities such as Portsmouth City Council and Solent Transport and in consultation with communities and key stakeholders.

“This approach helps the schemes to seamlessly integrate within the towns and cities they serve and makes them as safe, convenient, and easy to use as possible.

“By doing this, we can break down the barriers to sustainable transport for as many people as possible and encourage them to leave the car at home.”

Jim Hubbard, Voi senior public policy manager with responsibility for Portsmouth, said: “We’d like to thank our riders in Portsmouth for taking care to park their rental e-scooters considerately after their rides.

“We work hard to ensure good parking and have provided parking racks across the city. Each rider is required to take a photo to prove they have parked correctly when they end their ride. If the rental e-scooter is not parked correctly, the rider could be fined.”

Anyone wishing to rent an e-scooter, pedal bike, or electric bike can do this easily through the Breeze travel app. Visit www.travel.portsmouth.gov.uk/rentalescooters and www.travel.portsmouth.gov.uk/berylbikes to find out more.