Is Deliveroo Dangerous?

Ok, so a few people have been saying to me: “I’d love to start working for Deliveroo, but it’s just way too dangerous”, and it really got me thinking on the topic. I think that it’s fair to say that in the urban hierarchy of the streets, Deliveroo cyclists are probably on the same level as pigeons. No-one likes us, and I’m pretty sure that taxi drivers and motorcyclists go out of their way to knock us down. To them, we are just a nuisance who is needlessly blocking up their streets and causing an increase in road traffic. Not only that, but the countless videos online of Deliveroo cyclists jumping red lights or going on pavements really doesn’t give us a good name.

Deliveroo does provide (ehem..”sell”) some pretty decent safety gear (see my article here). The jacket is almost fully reflective and makes you shine bright like a diamond at night. The back of the backpack is also completely reflective which is great for cars coming up behind you. Deliveroo does also provide (for free this time) a bike helmet and lights. I’ve gotta say though the lights are the worst I’ve ever seen; they are basically just a couple of LEDs strapped to a bit of rubber, and they’re hard to see even if you look directly at them. If I were you, I’d buy a proper set of lights from Amazon because they really do have the biggest impact in making sure people see you. Helmets are also super important (even though people give you the “statistics say you’re safer without a helmet”), and the only Deliveroo provides is pretty basic but it does have a light in the back which is pretty neat. The final thing that Deliveroo do to keep you safe is a lovely little “ride safe” email every now again.

I think Deliveroo do as much as they can to keep their riders safe, but they can’t do anything about the actions of other drivers. Because Deliveroo riders spent so much time cycling, other drivers presume them to be an excellent cyclist and almost immune to crashes. This means they will drive a lot more aggressively around them, putting them in more danger than other cyclists. I’ve personally had many risky situations on the road, especially around London which is notorious for its awful cycle safety.

You shouldn’t be put off cycling for Deliveroo because of the safety issue. If you are a confident cyclist then you will have no problems, and it’s a good idea to do a few daytime sessions at first to get used to the job before you move to evening sessions. Another thing is to never look at your phone while cycling, it completely takes your concentration off the road and leaves you extremely vulnerable. This will become easier as you do the job more often and so don’t have to rely on the app navigation to get you everywhere. Anyways that’s my piece, and I hope you have a great time cycling for Deliveroo!!

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Is Deliveroo a Good Student Job?

I reckon about 80% of all Deliveroo riders are between 18 and 22. A lot of those being students. This is just from the people I’ve seen and met as a Deliveroo cyclist myself.

The job definitely has its perks, especially if you’re a student, but there are some points which may make you think twice about taking up this job.

Deliveroo Rider as Student

Pros

As a student you have to go to lectures (or so they say…), which means a normal job just won’t fit into your schedule. This means you need to find a shift based job (such as a bar job or Deliveroo). Ok. You could get a bar job, which is good in the winter when it’s freezing cold outside, but I can tell you from personal experience that any hospitality jobs are pretty shit (I only lasted 3 weeks before getting fired 😂). You don’t get to pick your shifts and you’ve always got someone shouting at you. This is where Deliveroo really does shine. You never have anyone shouting at you. It’s literally you, your bike and some banging tunes. No one telling you to mop the floor for the fifth time or to hurry up. If you want to take Deliveroo slow, be my guest, and if you want to bosh out 6 deliveries in an hour, you can do that too (and you’ll be rewarded for your hard work). Did you ever have it in school where you’re doing a group project and some dickhead sits in the corner doing nothing but gets the same credit as you? That pisses me off. But with Deliveroo, you’re being rewarded for how hard you work, so there’s not test in the corner dragging you down.

Also, if you’re not feeling up for doing Deliveroo that night (i.e. hungover), then you don’t have to! Easy as that. Turn the app on when you want to work, and close it when you’re done. Flexibility is the greatest perk of being a Deliveroo cyclist, especially if you’re a student and your week changes the whole time.

Cons

Deliveroo is not all sunshine and roses. There is a gritty side. The thing is that because you’re being paid per delivery, you’re kinda fucked if no one orders food. This isn’t much of a problem at uni because your local zone is probably stuffed full of hungry students. But, if you’re at the University of Highlands and Islands, you’re in a bit of a pickle.

Winters are also a problem. It’s just so cold. And this is where the flexible work can come and hit you in the back. If it gets cold, you’re probs just going to stay in for the night and not work. Which basically means you’re not gonna work for the whole winter, and so you’re not earning money. Whereas with another job you have to go in, and so there no need for self-motivation to go out and work.

Anyway. In my opinion, Deliveroo is the best job you can possibly get as a Student. The flexibility and good pay are really what makes it shine. Also, even if you sign up, there’s no requirement to do any work. So you might as well sign up and then at least you have a fun job ready to go whenever you want! Check out my sign up link below to get a £50 bonus (after you complete 20 deliveries).

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Day in the Life of a Deliveroo Cyclist

10am: Wake up and make some breakfast. It’s pretty late but my shift isn’t till 11:30 so I’ve got time to kill. I open my laptop and sort out some admin before getting ready for the day.

11:15am: I start cycling to my zone centre. Because of how busy Deliveroo is, I didn’t manage to get a job in my local neighbourhood and so have to work in the next door zone. It’s a nicer area but it still takes 15 minutes to get there.

11:30am: Open the app and go online. I sit down on a bench in the “waiting area” with a few other cyclists and hang around for the deliveries to come through. 10 minutes gone and still no deliveries. 30 minutes now. 50. One hour has gone by and I’m thoroughly frozen and wondering why I ever signed up to this job. Then a delivery comes through for a Wagamummas. It’s a short ride but at least it keeps me busy. After I drop of the steaming ramen at the customer’s house, I check the delivery section of the app. They didn’t give me a tip. As usual.

2:30pm: After having completed a couple more deliveries I head back home. I make lunch and then chill out. The nice thing about being a delivery cyclist is you usually have the afternoons off to relax and meet up with friends.

6:15pm: Off I go again, ready for the 6:30 shift.

6:30pm: As soon as I turn on the app a delivery comes through. Helen wants a Caesar salad from Pret a Manger. I start powering and complete the order in 10 minutes. Another order comes through. One after the next and I can almost see the money towering up in front of me. I come to a junction and a white van swerves in front of me without indicating, causing me to almost fly over the handlebars and straight into it. Holy shit. Breathe. I take the rest of the route slowly and carefully. This time I’m picking up a Kebab from Soul Flame, but they say I’m gonna have to wait 10 minutes. After 15 minutes I’m pretty pissed off but they hand it over and I’m on my way again. This time I check the app and realise I’ve topped up £7 of tips. Nice.

9:30pm: I cruise back home whilst banging out the tunes. The night is still young and even though I’m exhausted I should be able to make some drinks. I think about what I’ve earned tonight: £7 per hour plus 10 deliveries plus £7 tips leaves me with a tidy £38 profit. That should be enough for a pint in London.

Day in the life of a deliveroo cyclist
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