“The scooters and bikes have a lot less touch and take two seconds to wipe down,” he said. “You could do the same [disinfecting] on the subway and the bus. People should be doing that anywhere they’re going.”
Santella noted that it’s still not clear how long the virus stays alive on surfaces, so riders should be cautious. Studies have shown it could stay on plastic or steel for up to three days.
Citi Bike, Revel and Zipcar have all increased their cleaning regiments since the outbreak began, company reps said.
Citi Bike is wiping down its bikes whenever they come into its shops, as well as at valet stations. Revel field mechanics have expanded their cleaning effort from just the helmet to the entire bike. And Zipcar said it has added “antiviral and antimicrobial solutions” to its car-cleanings.
On Thursday, Revel plans to send out a notice to its New York City members advising them to only ride if they absolutely must.
“We’re dedicated to keeping Revel available as a reliable option for these people, allowing them to travel alone and keep a safe distance from others on our mopeds,” CEO Frank Reig said in a statement.
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