Over the past few months, three of the four e-scooter companies operating in San Francisco have shut down. Scoot, Lime, and Jump all ceased operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving only Spin operating in the city. Come August, however, e-scooter startup Revel is set to introduce over 400 gas-free motorbikes.
According to a release from Revel, their mopeds will initially be available in the following neighborhoods: Cow Hollow, Dogpatch, the Financial District, Golden Gate Heights, Haight-Ashbury, the Mission District, Our Mission, Pacific Heights, the Richmond District, the Tenderloin, and The Castro.
In order to operate a Revel vehicle, drivers must be at least 21 years of age and have a driver’s license. Passengers, however, can be as young as 18. Every Revel scooter comes with two helmets, which must be worn at all times.
The vehicles will only work in the designated neighborhoods mentioned above, but the company plans on expanding to additional service areas soon. Revel’s e-scooters are capped at a speed of 30 mph, which is more than double that of the city’s more common stand-and-ride e-scooters.
While Revel has yet to make specific statements regarding sanitizing their units, there will be a 24/7 team of full- and part-time staffers—many of whom will help replace discharged moped batteries.
In an effort to not put a burden on the already strained healthcare system with unnecessary injuries, Revel is offering free riding lessons to those who would like to test out the mopeds. For those who are completely inexperienced or for those looking for a refresher, taking advantage of the free lessons is a smart idea.
While Revel is providing complimentary liability insurance to its users, this does not necessarily mean you will be covered in the event of an accident. Specifically in California, bodily injury is covered at $25,000 per person and $50,000 per accident. Property damage is covered at $10,000. In the event a Revel driver is found liable for an accident, they are responsible for the first $500 of each insurance claim. If an accident occurs where a victim needs more compensation that what Revel provides, additional legal action may be needed.
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