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Revel mopeds ride out of Austin, joining other companies to leave during pandemic
(Revel)

Revel, the electric moped ridesharing service, announced it will be leaving Austin on Dec. 18.

"This decision was made after careful consideration, and it was not an easy one," the Brooklyn-based company wrote in a statement posted on its website.


Revel launched in Austin last November with 1,000 vehicles. Its fleet has since decreased to 465 mopeds, according to the Austin Transportation Department.

The company will continue to operate in New York City, Washington DC, Miami and the Bay Area.

The pandemic has derailed demand. With many downtown office employees working from home and the tourism industry struggling, micromobility companies' customer bases have evaporated.

Since March 1, ATD has recorded 910,632 total micromobility trips. In comparison, over the same time period last year, there were nearly five times the number of trips—4.5 million—made in Austin.

Revel is not the only micromobility company—those offering electric scooters, bikes and mopeds—to ride out of town. Lyft and Spin paused their scooter operations in Austin earlier this year amid the pandemic.

"We have made the decision to pause our operations, as of today, in (some) cities due to significant demand drop off as communities combat the fast-spreading virus," Spin's cofounders wrote in a March 23 statement.

Currently, only three scooter companies are operating in Austin—Bird, Lime and Wheels—with a combined fleet to 9,850 vehicles.

As recently as March 2019, the city had 10 micromobility operators with nearly 18,000 vehicles between them.

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