If you reside in a metropolis with a shared motor scooter program, you’ve possible noticed at the least one reckless driver zipping down the road with none regard for fundamental visitors guidelines or security. Maybe the rider or riders did not put on a helmet, or perhaps they had been using on sidewalks or bike lanes. I’ve personally witnessed maniac Revel customers in New York City treating the scooters like their very own private go-karts, in many instances at the expense of their very own security.
According to an e mail despatched to prospects in its New York City market and obtained by the Brooklyn Paper, Revel has suspended greater than 1,000 customers in the final 30 days for violating its guidelines—a determine confirmed to Gizmodo by a Revel spokesperson, who stated its service space covers elements of Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens.
In the e mail, the firm wrote that it’s seeing “more people breaking the rules,” which prohibit using in parks, using on sidewalks or in bike lanes, using and not using a helmet, and sharing person accounts with others—even when, the firm wrote, “they ask nicely.” Revel additionally acknowledged that customers should comply with all metropolis visitors legal guidelines, including, “We can’t believe we have to say this, but no running red lights.”
A spokesperson for the firm wouldn’t touch upon particularly how customers are being flagged. But the paper reported that in its e mail, Revel inspired customers to report rule-breakers, writing that in the event that they “see someone breaking the rules, don’t be shy about letting us know.”
The Revel spokesperson informed Gizmodo in an announcement by e mail that it really works carefully with cities to implement visitors legal guidelines, including that it’s “continually iterating and adjusting our insurance policies to deal with altering circumstances, and [is] at present doing so to deal with some latest modifications in rider habits.”
“Since launching in 2018, our total NYC ridership is now at nearly 300,000,” the spokesperson stated. “The vast majority of Revel riders use our vehicles in accordance with all rules, regulations, and safety policies. We’re focused on taking swift action to address the behaviors of the small portion of riders committing safety violations, as we’re firmly committed to public safety and the health of our communities. We’ll continue to work together with New York City and our local communities to promote safe transportation practices across the city.”
Electrics scooters, like most issues with wheels that go quick, are a blast to journey and a reasonably low cost various to taking a automotive. Particularly in cities the place driving is a premium, they will also be extremely helpful. But don’t be a dummy by placing your self or others in danger. And for the love of god, put on a rattling helmet.