New scooters hit San Francisco streets – The San Francisco Examiner
Be careful, San Francisco. There’s a brand new scooter on the town.
Revel, formally generally known as a shared electrical automobile firm, launched its fleet of 432 mild blue mopeds in The Metropolis Monday in neighborhoods together with Haight-Ashbury, The Castro, the Mission District, The Marina, the Richmond District, SoMa, Russian Hill, the Sundown District, and Pacific Heights.
The automobiles are geared up with a customized motor particularly designed to navigate native hills, in response to the corporate.
Revel, which acquired its operations allow from SFMTA in July, enters the transit market at a time when public transportation ridership is plummeting because of coronavirus considerations and congestion is starting to extend as car-owners go for their personal automobiles for journeys as a substitute. It additionally faces a longtime competitor, Scoot, which has provided an identical moped rental service since 2012.
Co-founder and CEO Frank Reig says the mopeds present a sustainable different to automobiles and a aggressive pricing and low cost program that may make it extra accessible to transit-dependent riders.
After a $5 first-time registration payment, every experience prices $1 per particular person (two riders can match on every moped) to start out plus $.39 per minute. Any rider taking part in a neighborhood, state or federal help program is eligible for a 40% low cost.
Sure, there are different scooter firms (although many have restricted or diminished their units all through the Metropolis through the shelter-in-place order). Reig stated Revel is totally different as a result of it “rejects” the gig financial system and as a substitute depends on a full-time workers of native employees, in response to the press launch.
“We rent regionally and are working with the San Francisco Workplace of Financial and Workforce Growth to supply expertise, together with the Worldwide Rescue Committee to rent from the San Francisco refugee and immigrant communities,” he stated.
San Francisco is just not Revel’s first location. Based in March 2018 as a pilot program in Brooklyn, it now operates in Oakland, Berkeley, Washington D.C., Austin, Miami and New York Metropolis, the place it solely just lately resumed service after three deadly crashes over two weeks in July.
The San Francisco launch features a collection of newly minted security protocols meant to deal with considerations about reported unhealthy habits from Revel riders in different cities together with foregoing helmets, working crimson lights, dashing and driving the place they shouldn’t.
All riders now should take a 21-question security coaching and watch an educational video previous to their first experience, the press launch says. They’re additionally required to take a selfie initially of the rental to show they’re carrying a helmet, both their very own or one of many two supplied with each automobile.
Mopeds, which might carry as much as one driver and one passenger, are capped at speeds of 30 miles per hour.
Reig stated the corporate plans to develop within the “close to future.”
“At a time when transportation options are wanted greater than ever, we’re proud to supply a dependable, clean-energy mode and choice to extra communities within the San Francisco space.”