Beryl BTN Bikes

Find out more about Brighton & Hove’s cycle hire scheme with Beryl BTN Bikes.

The BTN Bikeshare scheme relaunched with Beryl on 31 March 2023.

In August 2023, the scheme expanded to include more bikes, hubs and cheaper pricing options.

Beryl will continue to phase in bikes and hubs. The scheme will be city-wide in the Autumn of 2023. We'll make more announcements on new hubs will in the coming months. 

The total fleet will be 780, with 468 e-bikes and 312 pedal-only bikes. This is an increase of almost 200 more bikes than the previous Bikeshare scheme. 

You can view the new hire zone on our city cycle map. 

a photo of a Beryl bike. It has a pale green frame and a chrome basket on the front. It's resting on it's stand on the pebbles of Brighton beach. The West Pier is in the background.

The cost of hiring a Beryl BTN Bike

Beryl offers different pricing options for hiring. 

Rising passes

Rising passes offer the best value and you can choose from a:

  • 2 day pass (£12 for 100 minutes) - 12p per minute, plus a £1 unlock fee if using an e-bike 
  • 7 day pass (£24 for 300 minutes) - 8p per minute, plus a £1 unlock fee if using an e-bike
  • 30 day pass (£32 for 800 minutes) - 4p per minute, plus a £1 unlock fee if using an e-bike

Each of these passes has a 30 minute journey cap at which point charges move to the pay as you ride tariff.

The pay as you ride tariff will also be available for anyone who doesn’t want to buy one of these passes

Pay as you ride tariff  

The pay as you ride tariff for:

  • pedal bikes is 8p per minute plus a £1 unlock fee
  • e-bikes is 16p per minute plus a £1 unlock fee

How to use a Beryl BTN Bike

To hire a Beryl BTN Bike, you'll need to download the Beryl app.

The app will allow you to plan, book and pay for your journey. It's available for free download on Google Play and the App Store.

You can view the Beryl website to find more information on:

  • finding and unlocking a bike
  • where you can ride
  • how to pause a ride
  • costs and fees
  • restrictions
  • how to report issues and contact Beryl

You can also view Beryl's terms and conditions.

Balances from the old BTN Bikeshare scheme

Hourbike operated the BTN Bikeshare scheme from 2017 until December 2022.

They emailed all active accounts with an annual membership purchased before May 2022. They gave users the option to request a refund or donate any unspent credit balance. On 7 November, a ‘push notification’ was also sent to everyone with the SOBI app on their smartphones. 

Refunds closed on Friday 3 February 2023. This was the same date the Hourbike customer service centre closed. It was five weeks after Hourbike withdrew the last bikes from service.

Refunds

Hourbike paid all refunds to SOBI customers using the bank details on their registered accounts.

Hourbike provided us with information on the individual refunds and donations. They could not share personal data, such as names or bank details, due to data protection rules. They have now deleted all banking details.

Donations

Donations from account holders varied between £12 and £52. We topped these up using our reserves from the share of annual surpluses in previous years. Each Charity received £100. The nominated charities were Brighton Bike Hub, Pedal People and Cranks.

Unclaimed balances

We used any unclaimed funds to help support the repurposing of the retired bike fleet. This helped fund the cost of:

  • converting bikes for continued use elsewhere as private bikes
  • removing reusable parts
  • recycling bikes damaged beyond repair
  • protecting jobs, by covering operational losses due to technical issues in the final three months of the scheme

Find out more about what happened to the refurbished BikeShare bikes.

Transfer of balances to Beryl

Hourbike are not able to transfer membership data to Beryl becuase of data protection rules. Hourbike will email all customers who were recently active in the old scheme with a sign-up link for the Beryl BTN Bike hire scheme.