NEW YORK CITY – According to an article on autonews.com, as New York City entered several lockdowns, services such as Revel’s moped-sharing service began a popular choice for commuters looking to avoid catching the virus on subways or in taxis. However, doctors at hospitals throughout the city are stating they are treating many riders for traumatic brain injuries caused by Revel electric vehicle accidents.
Revel’s growth across the United States has been rapid. In less than three years, Revel rents over 6,000 electric mopeds in metropolitan cities such as New York, Washington, D.C., Miami, Oakland, San Francisco, Berkeley, and others. The company has tripled the number of electric vehicles available for rent in New York to 3,000. The rapid growth, especially in New York City, appears to be the result of city commuters avoiding public transportation to avoid catching COVID-19. By the end of 2020, Revel reported that there were 400,000 registered users in New York City.
There are several options for micromobility, such as e-bikes, e-scooters, and e-mopeds. However, the news story asserts that Revel’s electric mopeds are considerably more hazardous than other types of micromobility alternatives because they are fasters and heavier than e-bikes and e-scooters. Not only are riders at risk, but pedestrians have also been injured and killed when hit by Revel renters.
The spike in the number of Revel moped accidents has resulted in dozens of accident injury lawsuits filed against Revel in New York. Also, New York City officials are seeking to expand regulations governing e-mopeds. States like New York are considering requiring moped operators to possess a motorcycle operator endorsement on their driver’s licenses. In most states, mopeds are a class B motorcycle and only require a standard driver’s license to operate on roadways.
According to the New York City Police Department’s accident data, there were about 340 Revel moped accidents in the first seven months of 2020. St. Barnabas Hospital’s injury prevention coordinator, Erik Marketan, stated that many people are “wrecking these things.
Revel has attempted to identify and stop unruly users of their electric mopeds. The company added more mapping data to its GPS to track when customers are riding against traffic, riding on sidewalks, speeding, running red lights, and permitting others to use their accounts. The company now permanently suspends riders who continually violate the law.
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