You know how it is. Would there be anyone living in NYC who doesn’t have a bunch of menus they fan through when they’re hungry and order in several times a week? And the faster the food arrives the better.
Then the guy/gal appears at the door, you grab the food, give the tip and chow down. But you are probably not aware that most food places make 50% of their income from those deliveries and with competition the way it is there’s pressure to deliver as quickly as possible or even make quick delivery delivery part of the sell.
NYC commuter cycling has increased 87% in 4 years and half of those cyclists are delivery/messenger workers. There’s more bike paths but also more conflict with cab drivers and pedestrians as the cycling traffic mounts.
It’s got so bad that the City Administration is having a blitz on delivery cyclists who ride against the traffic, ignore traffic lights, ride on the sidewalk and weave through traffic at high speed.
From now on they have to wear reflective vests with the name of their restaurant on the back and their traffic infractions will be ticketed. The trouble is food places are operating on tight margins and food delivery workers get low wages and depend on their tips to get a living wage.
There’s pressure on everyone involved from pedestrians to the hard working delivery cyclists. Let’s hope the current blitz supports everyone and doesn’t penalize the most disadvantaged, in this case the delivery cyclists. LIKE fairness.