New York City residents who were hoping to get around town using a Revel moped will have to look for another form of transportation. On Tuesday, the company announced that they would be suspending the ridesharing service following the death of a second rider.
Revel announced the plan to halt service in NYC through a statement on Twitter. “New York riders – starting today, NYC service will be shut down until further notice. We’re reviewing and strengthening our rider accountability and safety measures and communicating with city officials, and we look forward to serving you again in the near future,” the post read.
Revel’s announcement comes after a 32-year-old rider was killed following a crash in Rego Park, Queens. CBS New York reported that around 3:15 a.m. on Tuesday, Jeremy Malave reportedly lost control of his Revel moped and hit a light pole on Woodhaven Boulevard.
Two weeks before his death, CBS reporter Nina Kapur, 26, was also killed in a Revel crash.
Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed that he was pleased with the company’s decision to end service following the two deaths, and a report from the New York City Police Department that claimed Revel collisions made up around 2.5 percent of the 1,000 documented motorcycles and scooters accidents citywide this year.
“Revel has made the decision to shut down their service for the time being, and that is the right thing to do, because no one should be running a business that is not safe. Unfortunately, this has been proven to be not safe,” de Blasio said.
Anyone over the age of 21 with a valid license can rent a moped from Revel, which can go up to 30 miles per hour. Customers are not allowed to take the moped on highways, and major bridges and two helmets are included in every rental, according to Revel’s website.