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Brooklyn Today: ‘You’re talking about 90% untrained riders.’

August 23, 2019 Brooklyn Today
This is what 1,000 mopeds look like. Eagle photo by Mary Frost
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THE LEDE: Good Morning! The Brooklyn-based moped app Revel is close to logging half a million rides since its expansion in May and the company is expanding with 100 new two-wheelers. But critics of the company say the majority of riders are untrained and a danger on the road.

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