“It is a good opportunity for people without a car to become Uber drivers or for people to get some more exercise,” said Pat Winter, who is the senior operations manager at Uber.
The bicycle courier service was launched in line with Uber's environmental commitment and will help reduce congestion in high traffic neighborhoods while ensuring food delivery is fast and efficient. The neighborhoods where the service is offered are downtown, Pacific Beach, Mission Beach, and Hillcrest.
“It is a win for both the drivers, because they don’t need to spent time finding a parking spot, and also for the customers, because the food stays hot or cold,” said Winter.
The new service aims to provide greater convenience for delivery partners, especially in congested parts of the city where parking may be difficult to find. It is also aligned and consistent with Mayor Kevin Faulconer's vision to encourage greater use of cycling throughout the city as part of San Diego's Master Bicycle Plan.
“It is cool that you can do it on a bike because traffic in San Diego is pretty junk,” said Ryan Alvarado, who is an UberEATS bike courier. Alvarado has been pedaling food for six weeks delivering downtown.
An average UberEATS bike courier bikes 60 miles per week and the average bike delivery time is 13.28 minutes. You can sign up to become an UberEATS bike courier at ubereats.com.