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They always come back—as is the case with former Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, who’s moving back to the D.C. area from Wisconsin.


To “create equitable transportation access” and take single-occupant cars off the roads, D.C. launched a pilot program for, you guessed it, mopeds! All you need is a valid license, helmet, and perhaps the confidence of Keanu Reeves, and for the next four months you can ride up to 30 miles per hour around the city. (Mopeds don’t go any faster than that, unless you are riding downhill.) 

The electric moped startup Revel expanded to D.C. this past weekend. So City Lights editor Emma Sarappo downloaded the phone application and paid $19 for a background check to get a feel for the city’s latest dockless vehicle (which was manufactured in China). She also took the 15-minute lesson offered by Revel so you don’t have to. She wrote about the experience for City Paper, and even humored a few questions from City Desk:  

Mopeds, yay or nay?

Yay for flexible, electric transportation solutions that can hold their own in the roads against cars, of course—new attempts to get people around are good, even if they’re not your cup of tea. Nay for potential injuries, but driving a car is dangerous, too, and we all do that anyways.

How’d you like the training? Would you recommend it to readers?

If you’re at all interested in riding a Revel, I strongly recommend the training. It really is a “confidence lesson,” and having time to get used to the vehicle for free on quiet streets is super helpful.

Would you Revel again?

Maybe! I’m a little too wary of accidents to make it my go-to transportation, but if I’m feeling bold and need to get somewhere fast, I might pick one up. The provided helmet is a big plus for me—I’m more likely to ride a Revel than a dockless scooter for that reason.

What do you, dear reader, think of mopeds? Novel experiment, the future of urban travel, death trap, or yet another D.C. transportation menace? Maybe somewhere in between? Write us by replying to this email. Amanda Michelle Gomez (tips? agomez@washingtoncitypaper.com).


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