Thousands of Scooters Are Coming to NYC

Clinton Street, Brooklyn, May 2019

Clinton Street, Brooklyn, May 2019

This scooter-share company has just released a thousand mopeds in Brooklyn.

Revel scooters are rentable by the minute via the app and can be parked in any legal city parking space. The scooters can be returned only in Brooklyn and Queens (see below for the specific zone) but will soon expand.

Map of current scooter return zone

Map of current scooter return zone

Brooklyn Eagle summarized how it works:

  • The mopeds’ home area stretches from Industry City in Brooklyn to Astoria in Queens. This includes Bushwick, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, part of Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Downtown and DUMBO, among other neighborhoods. They will be appearing here within the next few days.

  • Two DOT-certified helmets and insurance are provided with each moped, and there’s a foot rest if you want to have a second rider.

  • When the ride is over, you just park it in a spot that’s legal for the next 24 hours (within the home area), and walk away.

  • The machines don’t operate from midnight to 5 a.m.

  • The cost is $1 to unlock the vehicle, then 25 cents a minute to ride. You can pause your ride for 10 cents a minute. (There’s a $19 fee when you sign up to pay for a license check.)

  • A moped is legally defined as any low-powered motorcycle with an engine capacity no greater than 50cc, and a max speed under 30 mph.