It's baaack! Scooter-sharing company Revel returns with mandatory helmet selfies and more.

Updated: Oct 27



Electric scooter-sharing company Revel suspended service in New York last month after two rider deaths, but it returned yesterday with new safety measures.


The service now requires riders to show proof they're wearing a helmet via a selfie, plus take an in-app quiz and watch a how-to video.


Other new rules: users will be suspended if caught running a red light or driving the wrong way down a one-way street.


While Revel riders still don't need a motorcycle license and its mopeds can reach speeds of up to 30 miles per hour, the new regulations are meant to tackle some of the well-documented problems that arose when the Brooklyn startup began aggressively expanding this year.


Revel first came to Upper Manhattan (above 65th Street) in March just as the pandemic began, and is now also available in large swaths of lower Manhattan and the Bronx (plus Queens and Brooklyn).


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