Revel, the electric moped-sharing company that’s gained in popularity during the pandemic, announced on Tuesday morning it will shut down temporarily after a second rider died.
New York riders – starting today, NYC service will be shut down until further notice. We’re reviewing and strengthening our rider accountability and safety measures and communicating with city officials, and we look forward to serving you again in the near future.
— Revel (@_GoRevel) July 28, 2020
On Tuesday morning, a 32-year-old died in Brooklyn after crashing his moped, 10 days after a CBS reporter died after she was tossed from the moped she was riding on.
“The company has also been named in at least a dozen lawsuits,” according to Gothamist. “Some riders claim they encountered faulty brakes and balding tires on the scooters. Others said they were struck by inexperienced scooter operators.”
Ridership has soared during the pandemic.
“New Yorkers took 8,881 Revel trips per day in the last 15 days of May — compared to 4,181 per day in the first 15 days of March, right before the city went into lockdown,” the Post reported.
Photo by Joe Flood.