In the lawsuits, the plaintiffs alleged other problems with Revel, including a lack of proper instructions and maintenance issues.
Nonetheless, the town hall’s emphasis on moped safety has rattled safe streets advocates, who argue that the city should be spending its energy on taming the deadliest vehicles of all – cars.
More than 200 New Yorkers die on the city streets each year. Very often, they are pedestrians.
“This temporary ban on Revel, I think it reveals this elephant in the room and the blind spot that we have is the carnage of cars and multi-ton trucks,” said Marco Conner DiAquoi, deputy manager of Transportation Alternatives.
Revel uses lithium-ion electric mopeds made by Niu, a Chinese manufacturer. Its users travel an average of six kilometers in length.
Mr. Conner DiAquoi argues that mopeds can replace single-occupancy vehicles, which “not only pose a much greater danger, but also pollute much, much more and also contribute to congestion.”
Mr. Reig, a native of Staten Island, founded Revel in 2018 with 68 mopeds in Brooklyn. He has since raised $ 38 million in financing, much of it from venture capital firms. Mr. Reig, who now lives in Brooklyn, prides himself on refusing to structure his business using the gig-economy model favored by other micromobility firms. These companies often rely on poorly paid freelancers with little worker protection.
Like the plexiglass display market, shared mopeds have proven to be one of the few growth industries in the pandemic economy. After New York City closed, many people were reluctant to use public transportation. Revel’s growth in New York City exploded, adding approximately 200,000 new users between May and July. Today, the company has 360,000 registered users in New York. This represents 4% of the city’s population.