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Workout for cash with Deliveroo

alt.cardiff hears how cycling can benefit the body – and wallet

The food service Deliveroo brings restaurant food to customers’ doors and is on the rise in Cardiff after more people are taking to their bicycles to earn wages and fit in an effective workout.

Cardiff Deliveroo cyclists this month praised the company’s “independent contractor” standard which allows employees to work for a few hours during university or work breaks as self-employed deliverers, in effect.

The £130 million company Deliveroo said that they currently employ 3,000 deliverers, and with the increase in independent employment and use of navigational apps, they hope to welcome even more deliverers by 2017.

Clement Harper, 24, from Roath, said that Cardiff is a great city to cycle around due to the close proximity of restaurants and commendable cycle lanes.

With orders peaking during lunchtimes and evenings, students and young professionals who want to exercise can get fit and earn extra money during their lunch break or after work.

I want to ride my bicycle

Clement has been cycling for Deliveroo for 13 months and enjoys combining employment with exercise on Cardiff’s flat, cycle-friendly roads. “I work at an insurance company on Queen Street 9am-6pm, five days a week,” said Clement, 24.

Deliveroo cyclists noted that more affordable restaurants were most popular among Cardiff customers, such as KFC, Mission Burrito, and Pizza Express.

Deliveroo cyclists noted that more affordable restaurants were most popular among Cardiff customers, such as KFC, Mission Burrito, and Pizza Express.

He added, “I don’t have time for the gym like I did at uni. But this is a good opportunity to earn cash and keep active.” Deliveroo cyclists can earn between £65-£110 per week for 9-15 hours (3-5 shifts) of work.

It also saves on a gym membership, as Clement said, and having to work a shift is apparently a good motivation to workout even when feeling tired or lazy.

Wheelie good for you

Personal trainer Daniel Hough, 26, said cycling is as an effective cardiovascular activity especially if you cycle for more than 150 minutes per week. As one Deliveroo shifts consist of 180 minutes, an average week’s worth of three shifts is certainly beneficial, said Daniel.

Daniel said cycling is great for the joints. “Because there aren’t any forces travelling through the joints,” he said, “they’ll last longer and work longer later in life.”

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Alt.cardiff devised a graph to show how many calories were burned per hour of cycling for different weight groups and various speeds.

Deliveroo cyclist of 10 months Jonjo Payne, 19, said that nutrition is crucial to keeping up energy. “When you’re delivering food all night,” said Jonjo, “all you can think about is your own huge dinner after!”


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