Deliveroo cyclists ask for more investment in cycling infrastructure – Bicycling Australia


Bike food delivery company Deliveroo has revealed the most popular routes for cyclists making deliveries across Sydney and Melbourne, as cyclists demand more dedicated cycle lanes and better cycling infrastructure in built-up areas.

Deliveroo revealed the most popular delivery routes in major cities and called for more cycling infrastructure. Images: Deliveroo AU.

North Central Melbourne dominates the city’s most popular routes for Deliveroo riders with Smith Street in Collingwood, Brunswick Street in Fitzroy and Bell Street in Preston, all among the busiest streets for Deliveroo riders. Elizabeth Street in the CBD and Barkly Street in Footscray are also regularly used by passengers making deliveries.

In Sydney, George Street in the CBD is the prime location for passengers making a delivery, while the busy roads that connect the eastern suburbs to the city – Avoca Street, Alison Road and High Street in Randwick – are also among the busiest. popular.

Runners said many of the busiest routes for making deliveries have endangered bike lanes, cars parked in dedicated bike areas, or no bike lanes at all. Some of the more popular roads put cyclists at gate danger, with only a narrow cycle line between a main road and parked cars.

  • Deliveroo reveals the most popular routes for cyclists in its busiest cities: Sydney and Melbourne. Many busy roads currently do not have dedicated cycle lanes
  • As these numbers increase, cyclists demand better cycling infrastructure to keep them safe on busy roads
  • Cyclists want more ‘Dutch roundabouts’ in Australian cities, such as South Melbourne

Deliveroo has heard concerns from its entire network of more than 8,000 cyclists in 13 Australian cities about their road safety, which calls for an increased focus on cycling infrastructure in major cities. In a recent poll, 41% of bikers identified safety as one of their top concerns.

Safety, the main concern

The findings of the inaugural meeting of Deliveroo’s Biker Advisory Board – which brings together bikers and company representatives to improve biker safety – revealed the need for more bike lanes on busy roads and a reduction in number of endangered cycle paths to ensure their safety. Improving street lighting in suburban areas was also raised as a major concern, with many cyclists having to navigate dark streets during the popular peak of overnight dinner orders.

Bastien Wallace, Managing Director of Public Affairs, Bicycle NSW, said: “We want to see growth in the use of active transport – today in Sydney we are at 5.6%, compared to 20% in London. A safe infrastructure for cycling is essential in this regard. We want state governments to invest more in active transportation.

Lowest investment in active transportation

“Investment in active transportation is among the lowest in the country in New South Wales and Victoria, with per person spending of $ 7.20 and $ 7.11 respectively. Safe and dedicated bike lanes will not only encourage more people to ride; but lead to indirect benefits such as health, reduced congestion and greater economic productivity.

Harshit Ahluwalia, a Sydney Deliveroo rider on the Riders Advisory Committee, said when cycle lanes end, riders are often forced to cross traffic to navigate a delivery.

“In some areas there are no cycle paths at all. Speaking to other bikers, this is certainly a common concern, and something we want to see addressed as more Australians order from online food delivery apps, ”a- he declared.

Ed McManus, CEO of Deliveroo in Australia, said the company knows firsthand the important role cycling infrastructure can play not only in helping people move around cities safely and reliably.

“But also by increasing the income potential of workers who depend on infrastructure for work,” he continued.

“According to an audit carried out this year by Infrastructure Australia, only around 5% of people walk or cycle to work in Australia. This compares to over 30 percent of trips to Sweden, Germany and Denmark, and over 50 percent to the Netherlands, ”

“We are focused on doing whatever we can to improve the safety of our cyclists and the community, but we constantly hear from our base of cyclists that with more and safer bike lanes they would be able to ride more. and maximize their income. This is an essential element in obtaining the best working environment for our runners. “

Welcome The Dutch Roundabout

An example of cycling infrastructure that Deliveroo cyclists have adopted is the cyclist-friendly ‘Dutch roundabout’, which creates a protected cycle path separating cyclists from motorists and gives them priority when passing through a roundabout.

Popular in cycling towns across Europe, two Dutch-style roundabouts were introduced in South Melbourne in 2018 and are now used by many Deliveroo cyclists when working in the area.

The Deliveroo Runner Advisory Committee was launched in October and is the first runner-led panel established by a food delivery platform in Australia. Deliveroo will work with the panel of ten bikers from across Australia to raise awareness of the safety issues bikers face on the road and better explain how Deliveroo can address these issues.

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