Deliveroo is hosting a series of free drop-in sessions to provide its cyclists with advice and equipment to help stay safe on the road.
The first event, which took place in Salford earlier this month, was attended by more than 90 delivery riders – who joined with experts to discuss road safety issues.
The attendees were also offered free bicycle checks and equipment, with a total of 390 kit items replaced – including helmets, wing lights, bike locks and waterproof jackets.
In addition, the riders received free air pollution masks, which use military grade filtration to protect against dust, pollen and exhaust fumes.
Eight more road safety drop-ins are planned for the coming weeks in cities including Liverpool, Sheffield and Leeds.
Deliveroo says the drop-in sessions are part of its wider commitment to support riders. That commitment includes free insurance to protect riders and their earnings while out on the road, and access to free online education and business courses.
Rohan Pradhan, Deliveroo’s chief operating officer, said: “Riders are at the heart of everything we do, and their safety is an absolute priority for us. We know Deliveroo riders give 100%, and we want to support them every step of the way.
“Cycling isn’t just a hobby, it’s a way of life, and that’s especially true in Manchester where there are so many positive initiatives to encourage more of it. We want to see more people cycling across the UK and greater awareness of how to stay safe on the roads.”