Good news for moped lovers.
Revel, which operates an electric moped rental service in the New York area, is bringing them to the District this weekend, the company announced Tuesday, joining a growing number of transportation companies that are changing the way residents and visitors get around in the nation’s capital.
The company is the first to secure a permit to operate mopeds in the city as part of a four-month pilot program and will be allowed to deploy up to 400 vehicles. Eight other private companies provide scooter and bike services, totaling about 5,600 devices.
Revel operates about 1,000 e-mopeds throughout Brooklyn and Queens. It costs $1 to start a ride, plus 25 cents per minute while riding and 10 cents per minute while parked. A discount is available for qualifying low-income residents.
Drivers must be 21 or older and pass a driving background check before they can rent the devices. Revel charges a $19 one-time registration fee to verify a driver’s license and driving record. About 1 out of every 12 applicants does not make it past the screening, the company said.
Once the enrollment is complete, the process is similar to renting a scooter or bike: Customers can use the Revel mobile app to find, reserve and unlock a moped — found parked throughout the city. Each Revel can carry up to two riders.
All Revels are registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles and are equipped with two helmets that riders are required to wear, per company rules and city law. The mopeds have a maximum speed of 30 mph, and drivers must follow all traffic and parking rules. They are not allowed on sidewalks.
Revel said its riders are covered up to $300,000 in third-party liability insurance.
Frank Reig, chief executive and co-founder of Revel, said his company is opening a warehouse in Ward 4 and hiring about 30 residents to run its D.C. operations.
“Washingtonians will have a new way to quickly, easily, and conveniently get wherever they may need to go throughout the city,” Reig said in a statement.