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Healthcare workers in Brooklyn and Queens will receive a free membership from the electric moped service Revel, the company announced Friday. Revel will also expand its service area to cover four major medical centers in those two boroughs, including Elmhurst Hospital, Maimonides Medical Center, NYU Langone Hospital Brooklyn, and SUNY Downstate Medical Center. The measure allows these critical workers to commute to work, instead of taking public transportation.
“Everyone who can stay home, should stay home,” Frank Reig, the CEO and co-founder of Revel, said in a statement. “But, health care providers are desperately needed at work, and we are here to support them. By providing free rides to health care workers, we hope this helps them to travel alone, keep a safe distance from others, and get where they are needed most.”
Free memberships will be offered to individuals who work for healthcare providers in any capacity, according to the company. This includes workers at hospitals, clinics, urgent care centers, doctor’s offices, pharmacies, home healthcare service providers, mental health providers, dialysis and infusion centers, or any related services.
Those interested in the free membership must apply on Revel’s website by filling out basic information and uploading a photo of a work ID card. The company will review this information as it does with all new members.
Revel has ramped up its cleaning process of mopeds and high-touch areas on the vehicle, like the seat, handlebars, and helmets, in response to the coronavirus. The group encourages riders to hand-wash before and after using a Revel.
Similarly, Citi Bike announced it plans on “aggressively increasing” its cleaning protocols, with workers disinfecting bikes every time they arrive at the depot. As New Yorkers avoid public transportation, more are choosing to rent a Citi Bike instead, which saw a 70 percent increase in trips during the first two weeks in March.
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