Pedaling for kilometers under the rain or the sun and in the dense city traffic, this is the way dozens of young people earn their living delivering food to homes with the Uber Eats service.
Since October that the US company began offering its service of purchase and delivery of food, the bicycle evolved from a means of transport to a work tool, as it is increasingly common to see motorcyclists and cyclists equipped with a reflective vest and a Black backpack that stands out by the Uber logo, moving throughout the city.
The experience of traveling every day to the university and the desire to excel, led to Dafne García and Oliver Arenas, two young people of 24 years of age, to register as Uber members to stock food on board their bicycles.
Both pedal about 20 kilometers a day, Dafne in the area of Angelópolis and Oliver from the Zócalo de Puebla in all directions, to pick up the menu that someone, from home, office or wherever you are, orders to eat.
The two claim that although it seems that having and riding a bicycle or motorcycle is the only requirement for this job, knowing the city, having good physical condition and concentration are fundamental for the service, because an error can cost them their job or life.
From making sure that the order is correctly stocked, put it in your backpack so that it does not cool down and distribute the weight that you will carry on your back until you start the trip by pedaling fast to earn a good score or tip, ridding potholes and driving between traffic, all at the same time, so concentration is essential.
"Drivers do not have culture (road), they do not know we have a preference, so I'm thinking that I'm going to buy one of those buglers that make a lot of noise to (alert) when I'm riding," says Oliver.
"You have to have experience of walking in the streets, because many do not put directional and leave little room for passage," Dafne completes.
In addition, they warn, they are exposed to security threats, because both have known of thefts of bicycles or motorcycles to their companions; Dafne, for example, was already the victim of criminals, because while she delivered an order they took a mirror from her handlebar, an element for her safety.
Despite these complications, for both Uber Eats has become a good option for self-employment, as they work and earn money, up to more than a thousand pesos a week, without the rigor of a fixed time and place as a formal job.
Dafne, for example, combines three hours a day of work with other employment of deliveries and services with the use of the bicycle, the preparation of his thesis in Criminalistics and the course of a second university career via the Internet, while Oliver also divides his time between Uber Eats food delivery and photography and video editing work.
For Fidel Luengas Quiróz, director of Envici, and Armando Amaro Palafox, director of Cicloenvíos, two food delivery services for restaurants and bicycle couriers that have been operating for more than two years in Puebla, Uber Eats, more than a competition, is an opportunity developmental.
"Because he managed to get the general population to see that you can move by bike and that there are people on bicycles who deliver," says Fidel Luengas, and "they have benefited us, since they have opened the market, as many people considered unsafe send something on a bicycle now think a little more and decide to trust ", completes Armando Amaro.
In the case of Envici, which has existed since September 2015, adds Fidel Luengas, few people knew that someone could pedal to take their food from a restaurant, place an order, ask for a purchase or pay for a service.
Unlike Uber Eats where young enthusiasts tend to work, it stands out, Envici bicimensajeros are bicycle lovers, promoters of their use and with a physical condition that allows them to pedal long distances, in addition to constant services, such as restaurants , usually one or a group is assigned, which favors the quality of the service.
While of Cicloenvíos, Armando Amaro emphasizes that whenever his service does not specialize in the delivery of food, but in the provision of a wide service of commissions and it is cheaper than the commission charged by Uber Eats, the incursion of this service It has not affected them.
The above article was written and published in Spanish and has been translated into English. Click here to read the original article.
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