Electric Mopeds are now available in Brooklyn

Will scooters be the new form of transportation for New York City commuters?

(BROOKLYN, NY) — There’s a new form of transportation hitting the streets of Brooklyn. As of yesterday, 68 electric mopeds have been placed in Williamsburg, Greenpoint, and Bushwick.

Revel, a moped-sharing startup, is the first of its kind in New York City. The startup allows riders to rent a moped through the Revel app. Users are required to have a valid driver’s license and must pass a background check.

A map showing Revel’s home operating area in blue. All revel rides start within the blue area, and riders must return the vehicle within the blue area when the ride ends. Users, however, can go anywhere in Brooklyn or Queens and in between. (Revel)

While mopeds are a step up from Citi Bike, there are some strict regulations that must be followed. Mopeds must stay within Brooklyn and Queens and are not allowed to be taken on bridges. Riders are not allowed to ride in bike lanes or on the sidewalk and must abide by the alternate side parking rules.

Each moped comes with a helmet, a how-to class for beginners, and a video explaining how the scooter works. The scooter can reach 30mph and will be monitored carefully by the NYC’s Department of Transportation.

Revel can potentially reduce congestion during the L train shutdown. However, for that to happen mopeds will have to be allowed to travel outside of Brooklyn and Queens.

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