NYC Sends Revel Scooters Down to Hell Where They Belong

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images)With a leading speed of 30 miles per hour and a growing body of malfunction-based claims and traffic occurrence information working versus them, Revels fleet of app-rentable mopeds is, as of today, no longer operating in its house city of New York. Who, besides absolutely everybody, could have seen this coming.After a second rider was eliminated in the span of only eight days, Mayor Bill de Blasio (who, if youre reading this– resign) connected with Revel CEO Frank Reig to make “really clear its a unsatisfactory and inappropriate scenario.” Soon thereafter, Revel voluntarily ended its service in the city. Revel launched its fleet of 1,000-odd mopeds in May of 2019, also throughout de Blasios tenure as mayor. The decision to greenlight what were effectively diet bikes always struck me, personally, as odd and careless when New York has mostly been resistant to other “brand-new mobility” alternatives that have totaled up to extremely expensive litter in many other American cities. According to a tweet published by the business this morning, it plans to reboot service once the city is satisfied Revel can operate safely. G/O Media might get a commissionWhile signing up for Revel needed a valid chauffeurs license, the company did not need riders to recognized much of anything about riding a moped– an entirely different and riskier job in a hectic city. (It uses totally free lessons “if you are an unskilled moped rider,” which one imagines is the majority of people, the very same group of individuals likely to neglect that offer.) As of July 5, the NYPD has data on 25 collisions involving Revels this year, CBS reports– less than 3% of all incidents involving a scooter or bike of any kind. If Revel plans to leave the bikes on the street for the time being or collect and keep them somewhere, weve reached out to learn. Their website still lists the company as operating in Miami, Oakland, Austin, and Washington, D.C., and there do not yet seem strategies to end those services.

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