Few people likely noticed–most have been stuck at home–but moped-sharing company Revel arrived on the streets of Upper Manhattan this week.
Previously only available in parts of Brooklyn and Queens, the two-year-old startup just brought its fleet of electric blue scooters to a new service area that stretches from 65th Street to the top of Manhattan.
The ride-sharing app recently began offering free membership to health care workers, too, so there are now also small pockets of service near the Javits Center, Bellevue, Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital, the VA, and NYU Langone. (Anyone who works for a health care provider can upload photos of their work IDs on the Revel website).
Users in Manhattan can't take the bikes to the outer boroughs and vice versa, although they might be tempted: the mopeds can reach speeds of up to 30 mph.
Wearing a helmet, which comes with the rental, is mandatory.
The company says it has "implemented an enhanced disinfection process on top of our normal procedures for all Revel mopeds," including using COVID-19-effective disinfectants.