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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Revel mopeds are approved to hit the streets

If you are a fan of the street scooter, then get ready for this. The Revel company, based in New York, today announced the launch of its all-electric mopeds in Miami. Revel will operate 750 mopeds, which are currently being placed on local streets. They will be available to rent for licensed drivers over the age of 21 who pass an initial safe driving record check.

After responding to a request for proposals from the Miami Parking Authority (MPA), Revel was chosen out of multiple candidates to be Miami’s sole provider of shared electric mopeds, and the MPA board unanimously approved the company’s agreement with the MPA.

“As a city, we continue to explore safe and reliable transportation solutions, and Revel fits that bill,” said Miami Mayor Francis Suarez. “Revel and the Miami Parking Authority have a strong relationship, and will work together to ensure that this cost-effective transportation option meets our residents’ needs and our city’s standards.”

“The addition of electric mopeds, as a new mode of transportation in Miami, is another quantum leap forward in support of enhanced mobility in our City,” said Art Noriega, Chief Executive Officer of the Miami Parking Authority. “Once again, the Miami Parking Authority prides itself in leading innovative approaches that enhance mobility and the way our customers move and park in Miami.”

As part of its commitment to the City of Miami, they will create over 30 new jobs with benefits, and will translate its app into Spanish and Creole. They will also operate an Access program, allowing riders who are eligible for or actively participating in any local, state, or federal assistance programs to receive a 40 percent discount on rides. Active military and veterans will also be eligible to receive a 20 percent discount on  rides.

“Miami is one of the first cities that came to mind when we started Revel,” said Frank Reig, CEO and co-founder. “The city’s incredible growth has spurred an interest in new modes of transportation, and we’re proud to build on Miami’s existing moped culture by introducing the city’s first moped sharing service.”

Prior to riding, users must upload their drivers’ license, allowing confirmation that they are 21 or older and do not have a history of reckless driving. Users must also upload a selfie to ensure that the drivers’ license uploaded is theirs. To date, approximately one out of every 12 applicants does not make it past this screening.

Once users are approved, they can find, reserve, and unlock the moped of their choice via the mobile app. Each moped comes with two U.S. Department of Transportation-certified helmets and is built to carry up to two riders. Like every other motor vehicle on the road in Miami, Revels are registered with the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. They are limited to local streets and are capped at a speed of 30 miles per hour. Rides cost $1 per person to start, followed by $0.29 per minute to ride.

Revel will offer free lessons seven days a week for Miamians interested in riding or safety instruction. Miami riders will be covered by third-party liability insurance and are required to abide by all local traffic and parking laws.

To get started, download the app at gorevel.com/app.

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Anonymous Dexter said...

Is this the same Miami Parking Authority that ran motorcycles out of Miami with their unfair parking policies?


January 01, 2020 1:13 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Those helmets are going to be disgusting.

January 03, 2020 5:21 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this is a great idea. I hope these have some type of docking stations and don't end up blocking sidewalks and driveways like the other scooters have.

January 03, 2020 6:18 PM  
Anonymous Dexter said...

To anonymous @ 6:18, the problem is, since they did away with coin parking meters and introduced pay by phone, every motorcycle and registered scooter, has to pay the same as a car. Considering they take up much less space, it is unfair.

Most cities in Europe have free parking areas allocated specifically for motorcycles and scooters.

Before they did away with coin parking meters in Miami, there were lots of bikers visiting from all over. Some bars even had bike nights. The MPA killed that off, just like they did to tourism.

January 04, 2020 8:41 AM  

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