Bike safety tips
Thinking of delivering food on a bike? Here are a few suggestions from safety experts and delivery people that you might want to read before you ride.
The right gear is important
Uber’s Community Guidelines recommend that you find a helmet that fits properly if you’re riding a bike, motorcycle or scooter. According to safety experts, helmets can help protect you when worn according to the manufacturer’s instructions: low on your forehead and snug under your chin.¹
Here are a few other useful tips from safety experts and the Driver app.
Before you start riding, say road safety experts, check your brakes, tyres and equipment, and familiarise yourself with local road laws.¹
Roads and bike lanes
Road safety experts say it’s best to ride where designated by local law for your safety and the safety of pedestrians around you.¹
You can choose to use bike-friendly navigation in the app by tapping the menu icon, followed by Account > App Settings > Navigation to select your preferred bike-friendly navigation.
Road safety experts recommend being aware of road hazards, like car doors opening.¹
A safer way to cycle with Uber Eats
Have a minute? Check out these bicycle safety guidelines suggested by road safety experts and authorities across New Zealand. These provide helpful tips on riding safely.
- Wearing your helmet so that it fits firmly on your head and cannot be tilted in any direction.
- Checking brakes and tyre pressure before riding.
- Adjusting seat and handlebars to proper height.
- Wearing a reflective vest.
- Ringing your bell or verbally notify fellow cyclists and pedestrians before you ride past.
- If riding on shared footpaths is legal in your area, giving way to pedestrians who are also walking on footpaths.
- Checking for road hazards such as potholes and gutters.
- Riding at speeds appropriate to the conditions.
- Turning corners slowly in wet weather.
- Making eye-contact and hand signals with drivers to allow them to give way.
- Regularly looking over your shoulder to check what is beside and behind you.
- Avoiding blind spots.
- Avoiding riding when tired.
- Looking out for drivers and passengers getting in and out of parked cars, and being aware of car doors opening onto the road.
- Avoiding riding alongside larger vehicles such as buses and trucks – you may be in their blind spot, and larger vehicles also need more space while turning.
- Using light reflectors and front and rear lights when riding in the evenings or in low-light areas.
You can check out the links below for more information on bicycle safety from the experts in your area.
NZ Transport Agency (guidelines applicable for all New Zealand) – "The official New Zealand Cyclists Code"
¹Learn more here.
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