Last week, the company Revel announced that it will expand its moped service from 68 vehicles to 1,000 in New York City.
The Brooklyn-based company just wrapped up a nine-month pilot program in Bushwick, Williamsburg and Greenpoint.
“During the nine-month pilot, we learned what worked well, what needed fixing and what users wanted from the services going forward,” said Revel co-founder and CEO Frank Reig. “We took those lessons to improve the service for everyone.”
Revel users can register through an app with a driver’s license, and then reserve and ride the nearest moped.
The expansion comes with a new model, which includes a simple kickstand for parking and seating for two.
The company also introduced a more flexible pricing structure. Riders are charged $1 to begin their ride, and 25 cents per minute thereafter.
The first minute of every ride, which the company calls its “safety minute” is free to give users time to put on their helmet and get ready for the ride.
Riders can also pause their trip for 10 cents per minute.
According to the company, there have been 34,000 Revel e-moped rides and 4,000 users since the service launched last July. In total, the vehicles have collectively traveled 85,000 miles.
“Over the last nine months we have seen our mopeds become an important part of riders’ routines and an integrated part of the transit landscape,” said Paul Suhey, Revel’s co-founder and COO. “Expanding to 1,000 mopeds across Brooklyn and Queens will help even more New Yorkers meet their transportation needs.”
Revel will offer a 40 percent discoutn for users who use public assistance programs, such as SNAP, and those living in public housing.
Finally, the company announced it has opened a new 10,000-square-foot operations facility in Red Hook to accommodate its growth.
“Revel is here to stay in New York City,” Suhey said.