A number of Upper West Siders have recently been voicing concerns and complaints over Revel moped riders. The electric moped-sharing app was first launched in NYC in May 2019.
Some have seen people riding through pedestrian paths in Central Park, endangering dogs and children. Others have seen them riding on sidewalks and against traffic, making illegal U-turns, riding without helmets, colliding into cars and making what they’ve described as ‘aimless joy-rides,’ looping around in circles.
Still other individuals have witnessed multiple accidents where riders have fallen right off of the electric bikes.
Sadly, a CBS reporter named Nina Kapur was killed while riding on a Revel as a passenger this past Saturday.
Some people who’ve used Revel hold the company responsible. In addition to a very brief training tutorial, riders state the bikes are difficult to handle and are accident-prone with faulty parts.
Getting access to the bikes is extremely easy. After downloading the app, you just need to scan a photo of the front and back of your driver’s license and pay $5 to verify your details. No training is required, even though they’re similar to motorcycles (which most people have no experience driving).
Revel has banned quite a few people from its ride-sharing app for many of the infractions listed above. As recently reported by Gizmodo, the startup has suspended over 1,000 accounts for “being reckless idiots.”
Since the inception of the company, Revel has racked up quite a few lawsuits from both injured riders and pedestrians.
What’s your experience been? Have you seen people riding these things recklessly? Have you taken a ride yourself? Leave a comment below!Get the Upper West Side newsletter: