Road safety a ‘top priority’ for Uber Eats

10.26 | 13 June 2019 | | 1 comment


Uber Eats has teamed up with Cycling UK to provide its riders and couriers with road safety education.

As part of Bike Week 2019, Cycling UK has produced a series of ‘digestible and engaging’ education guides and training films which have been shared with thousands of couriers delivering food purchased via the Uber Eats app.

The five videos include information on road positioning, how to approach junctions, signalling and awareness of other road users. There are also tips on how to maintain a bike.

The guides aim to educate cyclists with little or no mechanical experience on how to prepare their bike to help them ride safely, and fix basic problems they may encounter when cycling.

While watching the videos and reading the guides won’t be compulsory, all Uber Eats’ couriers will be strongly encouraged to review the materials as part of their ‘ongoing safety education’.

Safety ‘top priority’
Toussaint Wattinne, general manager for Uber Eats in the UK, said: “At Uber Eats the safety of couriers and other road users is a top priority.

“It is great to be working with Cycling UK to increase cycling awareness and education for thousands of couriers across more than 100 towns and cities in the UK.”

Cycling UK says the guides form part of its mission to champion cyclists’ rights and improve cycling safety.

James Scott, director of behaviour change at Cycling UK, said: “We’re leaders in helping cyclists improve their skills and confidence, so we’re delighted to be working with Uber Eats – guiding thousands of couriers on riding safely and confidently while also giving them the skills they need to keep their bikes running.”


 

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    This has got to be a joke. Uber cyclists consistently ride on the footway and through green man pedestrian crossings, so much so that it is a rare event to see an Uber cyclist actually stopped at a crossing. Pointing out specific examples to Uber is a waste of space, they do not want to know; and do not think of accosting them, because all you will get is a Micky Mouse excuse or tirade of abuse.
    It is not just Uber of course, Stewart and Deliveroo are just as bad.
    You should see my photo collection, it is well into three figures.


    RICHARD WALKER, london
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