One of the advantages of working with a gig delivery platform is the ease of requirements to get started right away. Drivers also have the freedom to use any vehicle they own. They can use a car, motorcycle, or bicycle as long as the vehicle is still fit for use on the Australian road.
Of all the vehicle choices for delivering with gig apps, bicycles are one of the most popular. Especially among international students and other temporary visa holders in the country.
Interested in using a bike to deliver for Uber Eats, DoorDash or Menulog? Here, we give the reasons why you should choose a bike, what are the pros and cons when using this vehicle to earn extra income with these gig delivery platforms.
Can you do UberEats on a bike? (Requirements)
Yes, you can do Uber Eats or any other delivery app like DoorDash and Menulog by riding a bike including an electric bike. The requirements for cyclists who want to join the gig delivery app are also very easy, even for temporary visa holders.
- You’re 18 years or older
- Have a bicycle and be able to ride it
- Proof of ID. You can use your Passport, Driver’s Licence, Immi Card or State Issued Photo Card.
- Pass a background check and have the right to work in Australia (VEVO check).
- Submit your Australian Business Number or ABN
- Complete and pass the online bicycle safety test and impairment education module (for Uber Eats)
Of all these requirements, background checks will most likely take the lengthiest and cost you money, except for DoorDash, which makes it free of charge. The background check fee for Uber Eats and Menulog is about $35 which you have to pay to the NCC (National Crime Check) every time you conduct a new police check.
Luckily, now we can share the NCC background check certificate results with other delivery apps at a lower cost. You only need to pay $5 for sharing the results, much cheaper and faster.
Delivery by Bicycle Pros and Cons
After knowing how easy it is to get started with UberEats, DoorDash and Menulog by using a bike, you might want to sign up right away. As a consideration before getting into it, it’s better to know its advantages and disadvantages.
- Incredibly low operating costs
You don’t have to worry about soaring petrol prices, high vehicle maintenance costs, vehicle insurance and yearly registration fees. Bicycles do require some maintenance, but they’re pretty cheap, you can even do it yourself.
- Outsmart traffic and worry-free parking
It’s easier to deliver in the inner city and CBD since the areas are full of one-way streets and it’s annoying for a motorbike or car. Besides that, you also don’t have to face the most frustrating parts of delivering by a car, looking for a parking space.
- Easy to carry order
A cyclist cannot carry way too many items while riding a bike, but this is an advantage in itself. You’ll receive bike-friendly deliveries from merchants near you. For example, you won’t get assigned to large catering orders or easy-to-spill orders like drinks and soups.
- Deliver faster, make more money
Another advantage of bicycles, it’s easier for you to take the fastest route to pick up and deliver, especially in busy areas such as the city. The more deliveries completed per day means more money you will earn that day.
Pedalling for a long time requires excellent physical condition since it can be exhausting. Not everyone has this physical ability, especially if it has to be done in more than 6 hours almost every day.
- Low battery
An electric bike helps a delivery person to complete his task. But the battery sometimes makes them anxious that they will run out of power in the middle of the road. If this happens it means they have to pedaling without the help of an electric motor.
- Longer delivery
Delivery drivers who use bicycles should be prioritized to get orders under 5 km on a bike, but sometimes some drivers get orders with a distance of more than 7 km+, regularly.
- No grocery and low-value order
Not only delivering food from restaurants, but currently, the gig delivery platform also accepts groceries delivery. On some platforms such as DoorDash, grocery order payouts are much higher than restaurant orders. Cyclists of course will not get assigned to this kind of order.
- Weather and road conditions
The biggest challenge for cyclists is the weather, when it rains they definitely can’t make any deliveries. When the weather is hot they may still be able to work, but that will surely tire them out quickly. Another challenge is full of hills area, which requires more energy to get through.
UberEats Bike vs Car pay
Many people ask, how much can I earn with Uber Eats on a bike? As we know, there are a lot of factors that affect earnings such as hours worked and locations, but it will be interesting to see numbers.
Based on info from a cyclist who delivers with Uber Eats, he made $204 after completing 26 trips. So he gets paid about $7.8 on average per delivery order. The hourly rate is not very good, which is around $22 per hour.
The pay is indeed a bit smaller when compared to delivery by car or motorbike. However, the operating cost of cyclists is also much lower than motorized vehicle drivers. Like no petrol and low servicing costs.
Want to know more about how much earnings are on each delivery app? Find out more in our article about UberEast vs DoorDash vs Menulog pay.
Tips to earn more when making deliveries by bike
Some bicyclists say they are earning over $300 daily riding an e-bike. How could that be done? Here we provide some recommended tips so you can get the most out of your bike.
1. Start working from the city
As we said before, with all the limitations that exist on a bike. It’s always better to start from a city area. It’s busy and less competition because some motorbikes and car drivers avoid working in this area.
2. Save battery
For those who use an e-bike, try to save your battery and don’t use the highest assistance, try to use the lowest level or eco assist. Depending on the type of battery you are using, it should last for around 5-7 hours on a single charge. And if possible, take a break between lunch and dinner to recharge it.
3. Spare battery or power bank
Some cyclists recommend bringing a spare battery or two. This is very useful if you don’t want to recharge your battery while working. Another alternative is to use a power bank, it’s cheaper than buying an additional battery and can be used to recharge your smartphone.
4. Avoid long-distance order
Riding a bike of course requires extra energy and time, according to some drivers acceptable the total distance is less than 5 km. But the decision is still yours, if you feel physically strong enough, you can do it.