32-year old Jeremy Malave died while riding a scooter offered by electric-scooter sharing company Revel. The company placed 1,000 street-legal electric two-wheel scooters that can be rented by the minute across Brooklyn and Queens last year. Malave hit a light pole about 5:15 AM. A helmet was found at the scene, but it wasn’t clear if he was wearing it at the time of the accident.
This comes shortly after a passenger on another Revel scooter died when the driver suddenly swerved.
Revel is suspending the service until further notice, and said in a statement:
The company is “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.”
It looks like the company made the classic mistake of allowing people to attest to their own skill. Riding a scooter at 25mph on a city street is the same as riding a low-powered motorcycle. If you have never done it, or not done it often, then it takes practice to become proficient. New York City traffic seems like the wrong place to let new or relatively inexperienced riders develop their skills.