(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.
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.