It is no secret that Miamians have struggled to adapt to scooter and bike-sharing programs. Even so, the Miami Parking Authority Board of Directors came to an agreement with Revel Transit Inc. According to Miami Today News, the deal brought 750 mopeds to the streets of Miami.
Let’s face it – as a city, we haven’t quite grasped the concept of scooter and bike-sharing programs. Are they to be used on the street or sidewalk? Why does it seem physically impossible for some people to leave the scooters and bikes properly parked? For whichever reason, we haven’t incorporated this mode of transportation as quickly as other cities have. That’s why the concession agreement with Revel left a few of us scratching our heads. Are we truly ready for shared mopeds zooming past us, in and out of lanes?
Here’s what we do know about the Revel mopeds: Unlike shared scooters and bikes, there is no ambiguity as to where to ride the mopeds. They are meant for one place only: the street. Also unlike the scooters and bikes, Revel mopeds have to be parked legally within a designated area. That means they cannot be parked on the sidewalk or within 15 feet of a fire hydrant. Any ticket incurred within 24 hours of ending a ride is the rider’s responsibility. These incentives should keep the sidewalks safe and clear of clutter. But will it work?
Especially in Miami, a city with a reputation for bad drivers, the decision to add more mopeds to the streets may seem dubious. That’s why it’s important to note that you must be 21 years old and have a valid driver’s license to ride a moped. A one-time five-dollar charge is processed for all new riders to verify identity and safe driving records.
If you’re still unsure as to whether or not you’re ready to ride a moped (or if anyone any Miami is ready), free lessons are offered here to help get you started. Each rental includes two helmets, meaning you can have a passenger on your ride. And although you can ride anywhere in Miami, highways and major bridges must be avoided and the ride always has to end in the designated area.
The best thing to do is to remain open-minded. Maybe these shared mopeds are a step up from shared scooter and bike programs. Perhaps the issues of pedestrian safety and clutter on the sidewalks have been addressed by Revel. As Miamians, it’s natural to be a little skeptical. After all, we’ve all seen some crazy things on the streets. The question remains, is Miami ready for a shared moped program? It’s worth finding out.