The Ques­tion What to do about food de­liv­ery road hogs?

The Irish Times - Weekend Review - - NEWS REVIEW -

You’re head­ing home from work and think­ing you might just or­der din­ner on the app and have it de­liv­ered to your home. You look up from your phone to see a cy­clist bear­ing down on you in the mid­dle of the foot­path at full tilt, wear­ing gi­ant head­phones and look­ing down at their phone, obliv­i­ous to all around them. You leap out of the way, al­most knock­ing over an old lady, and end up on the ground with the con­tents of your brief­case all over the street. By the time you pick your­self up, the cy­clist is al­ready fad­ing into the dis­tance, but you can clearly make out one word on their back pan­nier: De­liv­eroo.

Coun­cil­lors in the cap­i­tal are up in arms over what they call “reck­less” be­hav­iour by cy­clists work­ing for food de­liv­ery com­pa­nies such as De­liv­eroo and Just Eat. In their rush to get fresh, hot food to their cus­tomers, cy­clists are rid­ing roughshod over the rules of the road, say coun­cil­lors, go­ing on foot­paths, break­ing lights, cy­cling down one-way streets and gen­er­ally be­ing a men­ace to, well, ev­ery­one.

“Many of these de­liv­ery ser­vices are whizzing around town in a reck­less fash­ion, they don’t abide by any laws, are con­stantly on their phones or sat navs to find the lo­ca­tions while cy­cling, and are a dan­ger to them­selves and to the road users and foot­path users alike,” said In­de­pen­dent coun­cil­lor Man­nix Flynn.

Dublin City Coun­cil has got so het-up about the sit­u­a­tion, it has writ­ten to the man­ag­ing di­rec­tors of both De­liv­eroo and Just Eat, urg­ing them to rein in their de­liv­ery cy­clists be­fore some­one gets hurt, or some­one’s din­ner ends up un­der a bus.

De­liv­eroo re­sponded to the coun­cil, as­sur­ing it that the com­pany has a “zero tol­er­ance pol­icy” for reck­less riders, and that it pro­vides on­line train­ing in road safety to all cy­clists it con­tracts. “De­liv­eroo takes rider and road safety ex­tremely se­ri­ously,” said a spokesman for the com­pany, which de­liv­ers food from about 600 restau­rants in Dublin.

The com­pany has help­fully sug­gested that if the coun­cil could pro­vide in­for­ma­tion that would help it iden­tify a spe­cific of­fender, it would in­ves­ti­gate. Some might ar­gue this is akin to a bee­keeper say­ing: “Point out which bee stung you, and I’ll have it pun­ished.”

Looks like there won’t be any backpedalling on this is­sue, so un­til this is re­solved, add de­liv­ery cy­clists to the ever-length­en­ing list of road haz­ards in the city cen­tre.

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