Can you do DoorDash on a bike? The short answer is yes, you can! Indeed, it’s my preferred way of doing DoorDash (in fact, it’s the only way I do DoorDash). Depending on where you live, I highly recommend opting to do your deliveries using a bike.
In this post, we’ll briefly go over how you can do DoorDash on a bike and why I think it’s the best way to do DoorDash.
Can You Do DoorDash On A Bike?
If you want to do DoorDash on a bike, you’ll need to first sign up for DoorDasher as a biker. If you’re already signed up as a driver, you’ll be able to activate bike mode by contacting Dasher support. It usually takes a few days to get your bike account activated.
The Dasher app looks the same no matter which form of transportation you use. The only difference is that if you’ve signed up as a biker, you’ll generally see shorter distance orders (usually within 3 miles or so).
It’s also easy to toggle between biking and driving in the Dasher app. Just go into your account page, then click the “Vehicles” tab. You’ll be able to toggle between all of your active vehicles in this section.
The Benefits Of Doing DoorDash On A Bike
I don’t drive very much, and even today, I don’t own my own car (my wife does have a car that she uses to go to work, but I rarely drive it and I never use it for DoorDash).
Biking has some big advantages compared to a car. Here are a few that come to mind:
- You Get Exercise. Doing DoorDash with a car is a sedentary activity and not very healthy for you. Being able to bike around a bit and get some exercise is a great way to stay in shape. It’s like you’re getting paid to exercise!
- Low Expenses. The great thing about biking is that you’ll dramatically reduce your overhead expenses. When you’re doing deliveries using your bike, you don’t have to worry about paying for gas or depreciating the value of your car. The cost to maintain a bike for an entire year is also fairly minimal – at most, you pay a few hundred dollars each year for a tune-up and other small maintenance items.
- You Don’t Have To Worry About Finding Parking. Anyone who has done deliveries in a car knows that it sucks to find parking. Restaurants tend to be located in busy areas that aren’t particularly friendly to cars. A lot of customers also live in dense urban areas that don’t have much parking. I love being able to bike up to the restaurant or customer and walk right in without having to deal with parking.
- You’ll Avoid Getting Stuck In Traffic. Traffic is a huge hassle for most people. The delivery rush tends to happen around dinner time, right when traffic is busiest. When you’re on a bike, you can cruise right through all of that traffic. It’s a sweet feeling when you’re able to fly past all of those cars.
Even better than using a regular bike is opting to go with an electric bike. I’ve been using an electric bike for years and it’s completely changed how I think about biking and commuting. Indeed, an ebike is the best thing I’ve ever bought.
The great thing about an ebike is that you won’t have to expend much energy and you still get all the benefits that come with delivering with a bike. Plus, I’m able to do deliveries faster than most cars, especially since I can use bike lanes and don’t have to deal with traffic.
I think an ebike can work out as a great investment for anyone looking to get an ebike and improve their delivery game. Get yourself a good delivery backpack and you’ll be set. It doesn’t take long to earn your money back on an ebike too.
You can do DoorDash with a bike. Depending on where you live, doing DoorDash on a bike is going to be the best way to do it, especially if you can opt to use an ebike or electric scooter.
Try it out and see if it works for you. You might be very surprised at how good doing DoorDash on a bike can be.