Revel shuts down moped service in NYC ‘until further notice’ after 2 recent deaths

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NEW YORK CITY — Moped-sharing company Revel abruptly announced Tuesday morning it was shutting down its service in New York City after a man died overnight, becoming the second death in the city in under two weeks.

“Starting today, NYC service will be shut down until further notice,” the company wrote on Twitter. “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 future.”

The announcement comes just hours after police said a 32-year-old man was killed when he crashed a Revel moped into a light pole in queens and suffered severe head trauma.

It was just the latest in a string of incidents involving the shared mopeds. The city’s first death involving a Revel moped occurred in Greenpoint just over a week ago.

“We’ve had two fatalities in less than a week, this is unacceptable,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said at his daily briefing Tuesday, adding that the city spoke with Revel and the company ultimately made the decision to shut down their service.

“That is the right thing to do,” de Blasio said. “We will work with Revel and won’t allow them to reopen unless it becomes safer,” the mayor assured.

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