There isn’t an official list of DoorDash bicycle cities, but in general, you can deliver DoorDash on a bike anywhere that the company operates. While you can generally deliver on a bike in any market, you might not be able to sign up as a bike Dasher depending on where you are located. However, even if you can’t sign up as a biker, you can always sign up as a driver and then change your vehicle to a bike (or ebike) within the Dasher app.
In this post, we’ll look at what the DoorDash bicycle cities are, how to sign up as a biker even if you aren’t in a DoorDash bicycle city, and how to make biking for DoorDash work for you.
DoorDash Bicycle Cities
As I noted at the beginning of this post, DoorDash doesn’t have an official list of bicycle cities. On its website, DoorDash says that your vehicle can be “Any car, scooter, or bicycle (in select cities).” This language means that delivering by bike isn’t available in every market in which DoorDash operates.
For the most part, you can expect that most large cities will allow you to sign up to be a Dasher using a bike. I work in Minneapolis, which is a mid-sized city with a population of about 400,000 people. When I first signed up as a Dasher back in 2016, I was able to sign up to deliver by bike with no issues.
Given that I was able to sign up to deliver by bike in Minneapolis, you can expect that other major cities will also allow you to sign up to Dash via bike, especially large, dense cities. On the East Coast, that would include cities like New York, Philadelphia, Boston, and Washington DC. In the Midwest, I’d be looking at cities like Chicago and Minneapolis. In the South, cities like Miami and Atlanta should let you deliver by bike. Over in the Mountain states, a city like Denver would be good. And on the West Coast, cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, and Seattle will allow you to Dash via bike.
Since DoorDash doesn’t have a publicly available list of cities where you can deliver by bike, the only way you’ll know for sure whether you can deliver by bike in your market is to sign up and see if you can sign up as a biker. If you can, great! But even if you can’t, there are still ways to get around it.
One other thing to note is that, sometimes, DoorDash will limit the number of bike Dashers in each market. So, even if your city does allow Dashers to sign up as bikers, you might not be able to sign up until DoorDash reopens signups for bike Dashers.
How To Deliver By Bike Even If Your City Isn’t A DoorDash Bicycle City
If you want to Dash by bike but live in a market that doesn’t offer bike delivery as an option, there’s still a way to make it so you can Dash using a bike.
Your first step is to sign up to Dash using a car. The downside of this is you’ll need to submit your vehicle and insurance information, as well as go through a background check of your driving record. Most people won’t have an issue with this, but you could have problems if you don’t have a car or insurance, or if you have issues with your driving record. Unfortunately, if you do have something that makes it impossible for you to sign up to deliver by car, then you’ll have to try another strategy.
Once you’re signed up as a Dasher, you can change your vehicle in the Dasher app. The nice thing is that DoorDash makes it very easy to switch between different vehicles. Most of the time, you should be able to switch to a bike or ebike without any issue, even if your city doesn’t offer biking as an option.
If you aren’t able to switch to a bike or ebike in the Dasher app, what I would do is continue logging into the Dasher app with a car as my vehicle, but just do my deliveries using a bike. You’ll have to be strategic here, however, as DoorDash sends Dashers different orders depending on the type of vehicle they are using. If you’re signed up to deliver in a car, you’ll have to reject orders that are going too far away. This shouldn’t be a problem since you can see where orders are going before you accept them.
The other potential way to sign up as a bike Dasher even if your market doesn’t offer the option is to sign up as a Dasher in a different city. While I haven’t done this myself, you could theoretically sign up as a bike Dasher in a larger city and then simply do all of your deliveries in your market. You don’t need to contact DoorDash to switch markets either, so signing up to deliver in one city and then working in a different city shouldn’t be a problem.
How To Make Delivering By Bike Work For You
Delivering by bike requires being a bit more strategic compared to using a car. That’s because distances will matter a lot more when delivering by bike. On a bike, I prefer aiming for shorter distances, even if the order pays less. I think bikes have a speed advantage when you’re traveling shorter distances when compared to a car. The speed advantage to a car really only applies once you’re traveling more than a few miles.
Of course, bikes also have a massive advantage when working in dense, busy areas since bikes don’t have to deal with traffic or parking. The nice thing is that the busiest areas for food delivery also tend to be in busy, dense areas of cities, so you get a good advantage when you opt to deliver by bike.
If you can, getting an ebike to do your DoorDash deliveries is even better. Here’s a speech I gave at a conference about why ebikes can be the best investment you ever make.
The other big thing you’ll want to think about when bike Dashing is logistics. Specifically, you’ll need to think about how you’ll carry orders. The easiest way is to get a bike with a cargo rack (either a front or rear rack). With that, you can attach a basket and then put orders into the basket.
If you don’t have any cargo capacity on your bike, another option is to get a food delivery backpack. This is what most people do and what I often do when I’m bike Dashing. You don’t need to spend a ton of money on a bike delivery backpack, but make sure that whatever you do get has good carrying capacity and space to hold drinks securely in the bag. Here’s a list of some of the best delivery backpacks you can find on Amazon.
Finally, one thing I like to point out to people is that you can Dash in any city that DoorDash operates in. Whenever I visit a new city, I almost always turn on my DoorDash app and try to do a few deliveries. Most cities have a bike share system, so I’ll usually use that to get around. It’s a great way to explore a new city and make a bit of money at the same time!
DoorDash is my favorite side hustle – made even better by the fact that I can Dash using a bike. There are a lot of reasons why I think bike Dashing is better than using a car. If you live in one of the DoorDash bicycle cities, I think signing up to deliver via bike is the way to go.
And if you live in a city where biking isn’t an option, try signing up as a car and then switching over to bike (or just do your deliveries on a bike anyway).