In New York City, Revel moped riders are no longer allowed to travel over the Queensboro and Manhattan bridges, as announced by the Department of Transportation.
According to the DOT, the city is putting an end to the bike-share’s bridge crossings because of “safety concerns,” particularly involving the “illegal use of the bike paths.”The mopeds travel too fast for the bike paths and too slowly for regular traffic, creating a serious issue, the DOT said.
Earlier on, city transportation officials had clashed with the company in the summer of 2020 when three of its moped riders experienced fatal crashes in 10 days.
DOT spokesperson Brian Zumhagen stated, “The speed limit on these two spans is 35 mph, traffic sometimes moves faster, and there are no shoulders on the spans. As a Revel moped cannot travel faster than 28 mph, there is a risk for crashes with faster-moving cars.” Zumhagen said the DOT “asked Revel to reverse the policy, and they complied.”
On the other hand, in compliance with the new guidelines, Revel also informed its employees of the change late last week, reversing a policy that allowed riders who rode more than 25 miles on its mopeds to “unlock” the ability to cross the two bridges.