City Announces Arrival Of Rental Moped Vendor

BERKELEY (BCN)

Mopeds are available for local, one-way rentals in Berkeley, the city announced Wednesday.

Each rental includes the use of two required helmets plus single-use liners for them. Rentals will be managed by the private company Revel and cost 35 cents per mile plus a flat fee of $1 per person, according to the city’s announcement. Users also will pay a one-time registration fee of $5 when they first download the app, and Revel provides free lessons on driving a moped.


Revel operates in three metropolitan areas in addition to the East Bay: Miami, Florida; Austin, Texas; and Washington, D.C., according to its website.

On July 28, Revel shuttered its service in New York City after two fatal crashes involving Revel rentals occurred there in the previous two weeks.



“We’re reviewing and strengthening our rider accountability and safety measures and communicating with city officials, and we look forward to serving you again in the near future,” Revel said in a tweet at the time.

Revel mopeds cannot be used on freeways or sidewalks or in bike lines, or go faster than 30 mph, the city of Berkeley said. But they can be driven into Oakland and other nearby communities.


Parking a Revel moped in Berkeley will be free for customers.

More information, including a link to book a driving lesson, can be found at gorevel.com.

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