Author Topic: Deliveroo - anyone working for them?  (Read 6994 times)

bludger

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Re: Deliveroo - anyone working for them?
« Reply #75 on: December 16, 2018, 01:10:59 pm »
Have now been deliverooing in the capital for 3 months. It's terrific. A couple of traffic related scrapes but nothing I wasn't encountering during my normal cycling anyway. Money is good, flexibility is unbelievable. This is one of the smartest things I ever started doing.

Chatting with some of the other cycle guys there's heaps of us who are actually full time employee and are deliverooing to save for holidays, new bikes, etc.
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Re: Deliveroo - anyone working for them?
« Reply #76 on: December 24, 2018, 03:03:47 am »
I'm absolutely loving it too. It's so much fun. Only managing a few 3 hour shifts a week at the moment due to lack of fitness, and the 12 mile round trip into town and home again eats into the mileage/time I can manage. But considering I got into this for a bit of fun and some beer money I'm chuffed to bits I've already made enough to buy a new bike (Triban RC500, picked up last week). And it'll be tax deductable :thumbsup:

Re: Deliveroo - anyone working for them?
« Reply #77 on: December 24, 2018, 09:12:32 am »
Good to hear people are enjoying this and getting decent money.

A question - have any of you felt the need/urge to go through more red lights than you would do normally, because you are on the clock?

Re: Deliveroo - anyone working for them?
« Reply #78 on: December 24, 2018, 03:26:57 pm »
There is one set of lights I jump only because it's one of those that only seems to change if there is a car waiting and I'd be there all night if I didn't. But all it takes to ruin a shift is a restaurant that takes ages with an order or a customer who puts the pin on the map in the wrong place so it seems silly to me to try and save 30 seconds by breaking the law or riding like an ass, so in general I don't.

bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Re: Deliveroo - anyone working for them?
« Reply #79 on: December 27, 2018, 05:47:49 pm »
I do jump lights quite often but this is when commuting/a to b'ing and deliverooing only just because I want to be somewhere and I'm almost always in a familiar environment (deliveroo teaches your patch very well and you're wise to which crossings can be skipped safely).

During training, audaxes, and on tour I'll wait for the lights.
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Re: Deliveroo - anyone working for them?
« Reply #80 on: December 27, 2018, 08:33:36 pm »
It's been pretty grim riding for Stuart in Birmingham. The city centre is utterly broken with one or two routes holding the whole thing together in the face of road closures, gridlock, tramlines and the 'kin Christmas market. The lack of any decent cycle infrastructure is painfully obvious and I'm frequently having cars, taxis and buses driven at me. I've also been hit on the head by a passing pedestrian.

There's no density to the location of the restaurants or the punters, so mean turnaround time per drop is consistently coming out as about 40 minutes. This means the only way to get a double figure hourly rate is to do weekend evenings to get the extra rewards.

A question - have any of you felt the need/urge to go through more red lights than you would do normally, because you are on the clock?

I'm with kyuss - there's no significant time saving from jumping lights. I've always figured I lose my right to rant at others who break the law if I'm doing it myself. I'm in control of a vehicle on the road, therefore the laws of the road apply to me. Of course, it only takes a second or two to switch to pedestrian mode, and that can be useful sometimes...

I'm pavement cycling more than I would otherwise, out of decisions based on trying to stay safe. At 10pm there often aren't many pedestrians around, but the roads can still be bedlam (or gridlocked), so there's not a lot of conflict there. I'm also filtering more, again because of the gridlock. Did I mention Birmingham's broken?

Kim

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Re: Deliveroo - anyone working for them?
« Reply #81 on: December 27, 2018, 08:39:13 pm »
Did I mention Birmingham's broken?

It's okay, I may also have mentioned that recently in another thread.

I'm fairly filtering-averse at the best of times, but I really don't like having to do it in central Birmingham, especially in Christmas Lemmings season.  I had a moment with an not-entirely-unexpected passenger door on Hill Street a few weeks ago to remind me why I don't like it.
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Re: Deliveroo - anyone working for them?
« Reply #82 on: December 27, 2018, 10:47:12 pm »
There's no density to the location of the restaurants or the punters, so mean turnaround time per drop is consistently coming out as about 40 minutes. This means the only way to get a double figure hourly rate is to do weekend evenings to get the extra rewards.
Are you on a free log in or booked hours with a top up?  In Derby most orders are 15 min plus the restaurant wait, there just isn't enough work, I'm averaging 1.2 orders an hour.  With the top up and various bonuses it's still a quid an hour more than the local deliveroo (Average based on 50 hours of each).  The Deliveroo is very variable, I try and get five hour shifts, 6pm - 11pm  and have made from £26 to £68

Re: Deliveroo - anyone working for them?
« Reply #83 on: December 28, 2018, 10:38:46 am »
There's no density to the location of the restaurants or the punters, so mean turnaround time per drop is consistently coming out as about 40 minutes. This means the only way to get a double figure hourly rate is to do weekend evenings to get the extra rewards.
Are you on a free log in or booked hours with a top up?

Just turning up - my one experience with a booked slot was a complete omnishambles.

bludger

  • Randonneur and bargain hunter
Re: Deliveroo - anyone working for them?
« Reply #84 on: December 28, 2018, 02:35:45 pm »
I prefer my booked spot to working in the open zones, generally the trips are short from a takeaway to a residential home with no fannying around with security etc.

That's the bane of my life when rooing in town, arguing with jobsworth dickheads about bringing a bike inside their poxy lobby for literally 20 seconds just because they're spiteful that I'm making more wedge than them.
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Re: Deliveroo - anyone working for them?
« Reply #85 on: February 24, 2019, 05:22:21 pm »
My reliance on delivery income comes to an end this week with a new job starting tomorrow.  I'm looking forward to a more reliable income but shall miss the freedom of not working when I find something better to do.  Just looking at the stats - 4 months, 492 hours, £4,433 with about £280 in claimable expenses (Including a cheap hybrid).  It's been very variable, I've done a few 5 hour evenings for under £30 and a few 10 hour £100+ days. Christmas week was dire, then the week after my best.  I know it varies depending on the area, but in Derby it's a tough way to make a living, but an easy way to make a few extra quid, which is what I shall continue doing.

Re: Deliveroo - anyone working for them?
« Reply #86 on: February 24, 2019, 05:36:58 pm »
A question - have any of you felt the need/urge to go through more red lights than you would do normally, because you are on the clock?
I don't think it's about being on the clock, it's long hours of urban riding and minimising effort becomes very attractive.  So yes, loads more riding through red lights and along pavements than I've ever done before.  Left turns against red lights and through pedestrian crossing when there's no pedestrians have become the norm, I've also got to know the area a lot better than before and there's a few streets where riding on the footway the wrong way along a one-way street saves a detour. OTOH on a Fri/Sat night with lots of groups around, I'll walk my bike along a shopping street where cycling is permitted after 5pm.

quixoticgeek

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Re: Deliveroo - anyone working for them?
« Reply #87 on: February 24, 2019, 06:58:05 pm »
I don't think it's about being on the clock, it's long hours of urban riding and minimising effort becomes very attractive.  So yes, loads more riding through red lights and along pavements than I've ever done before.  Left turns against red lights and through pedestrian crossing when there's no pedestrians have become the norm, I've also got to know the area a lot better than before and there's a few streets where riding on the footway the wrong way along a one-way street saves a detour. OTOH on a Fri/Sat night with lots of groups around, I'll walk my bike along a shopping street where cycling is permitted after 5pm.

That's just normal Amsterdam cycling...

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