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Vandalised Beryl Bike in Ferndown

You may be wondering what a Beryl bike is. You won’t be alone because the Beryl Bike initiative is still in its infancy.

Berl Bikes at Southbourne
Two Beryl bikes ready to be hired at Southbourne cliff lift

Basically the Beryl Bike initiative is an attempt to provide those in and around Bournemouth and Poole with a cheap, quick and easy way to hire a road bike. The idea is that by encouraging people to cycle (even if they do not have a bike themselves) will have great benefits for the local communities in this part of Dorset. The concept is that a vibrant Beryl Bike scheme would lead to less pollution, less cars and less congestion on our roads, as well as giving the public an option for a quick and cheap way to get about.

Maybe the Beryl bike scheme will work, maybe not. But whatever the final outcome the scheme deserves the opportunity to prove it’s credentials to the public in the same way any other socially focused business enterprise would.

Especially, a scheme like this (or any business or person) deserves to have its property respected. I don’t think anyone reading this blog would disagree with that.

Beryl Bike vandalised and abandoned near Longham
This Beryl Bike was dumped in Longham and it’s seat stolen

Unfortunately though, this is not the case. Many Beryl bikes have been stolen, vandalised and otherwise treated with contempt. Recently a vandalised Beryl bike was found in Green Lane in Longham, so it looks like at least one of these anti-social vandals lives in our community.

Like all crime, this contemptible behaviour is the work of a very few in society. But these few vandals extract a huge toll on both the community and on initiatives like the Beryl Bike scheme. The result is fewer and fewer people and companies put themselves forward with innovative and socially responsible ideas. The end result is that we all suffer.

Evidently the Beryl Bike scheme in Hereford has virtually no vandalism issues. While in Bournemouth and Poole the issue is huge.

If we allow the vandals to destroy initiatives like the Beryl bike scheme then that will be the thin end of the wedge. We all suffer due to the selfishness of a few.

Beryl bike vandalised at Longham
The smashed electronic brake and the vacuously stolen saddle (worth nothing to the perpetrator) are examples of what this company has to put up with in Dorset.

If you see an abandoned Beryl bike please dial 111 and tell the police where it is. Alternatively contact Beryl by: calling Beryl on 020 3003 5044 (7am-9pm Monday to Sunday), or by email at support@beryl.cc

Make plain your displeasure about this mindless vandalism to those that you know. If we all speak up then those responsible may just get the message that anti-social behaviour is unacceptable in Ferndown.

More on the immense problems being faced by Beryl due to theft and vandalism can be found on this report in the Dorset Echo from last October. Also see this on another Beryl Bike vandalised in Wimborne. from this weeks Dorset Echo.

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