Doing Grubhub using a bike is one of the best ways to earn extra income – it’s why Grubhub bike delivery is the way I tell most people to do Grubhub. Most people will opt to do Grubhub using a car. Doing your deliveries by bike, in my opinion, is the better way to do it.
But how do you sign up for Grubhub bike delivery? In contrast to other food delivery apps like DoorDash and Uber Eats, signing up to do Grubhub on a bike is a bit more difficult. That’s because, unlike other food delivery apps, Grubhub limits bike delivery to only a select few markets. It’s a shame they do this, but that’s how it is.
Fortunately, there are ways around this limitation. In this post, we’ll go over how Grubhub bike delivery works and how to sign up for it even if you live in a market where Grubhub doesn’t offer bike delivery. We’ll also go through some of the advantages of doing Grubhub with a bike.
What Is Grubhub Bike Delivery?
Grubhub is a food delivery service that allows customers to order food from their favorite restaurants and have it delivered to their door. Unlike DoorDash and Uber Eats, Grubhub is actually a fairly old company, first founded in 2004 (before the rise of smartphones). At one point, Grubhub was the largest food delivery service in the United States, but it has since found itself falling behind DoorDash and Uber Eats.
Grubhub utilizes independent contractors to deliver orders, so anyone can sign up and deliver for Grubhub so long as they can pass the background check, don’t have any major issues in their background report, and have a smartphone and access to a vehicle.
Grubhub bike delivery, meanwhile, is exactly as it sounds. Rather than delivering food using a car, you deliver food for Grubhub using a bike. If you’re signed up for bike delivery, you’ll receive orders from Grubhub that are tailored towards bikers. The main thing is that they’ll generally be a shorter distance than normal car deliveries.
There is one caveat, however. Grubhub does not offer bike delivery in most markets it operates in. Indeed, on Grubhub’s website, they state that “currently bicycle and scooter deliveries are only supported in certain areas – usually large cities like NYC and San Francisco.” Meanwhile, Grubhub states that they allow car and moped deliveries in all markets.
In practice, most people will only be able to sign up to deliver by bike in New York and San Francisco. I believe you may be able to sign up for bike delivery in Chicago as well. But in most cities, bike delivery isn’t going to be an option. I don’t know why Grubhub is so intent on people using cars to do their deliveries, but that’s how they work.
How To Do Grubhub Bike Delivery Even If It’s Not Available
Fortunately, even if Grubhub doesn’t offer bike delivery in your market, it’s likely you can still deliver using a bike. That’s how I do it in my home market.
To deliver using a bike in a market that doesn’t offer bike delivery, you’ll first need to sign up to deliver using a car. Unfortunately, this means you’ll need to have a car, driver’s license, and valid insurance. Grubhub makes you upload this information when you apply, so there’s no way around that.
Assuming you have a car, license, and insurance, you’ll be able to get signed up to do Grubhub in a car. Then, instead of using your car, you’ll simply use your bike to do deliveries. Grubhub doesn’t check to make sure you’re doing your deliveries in a car, so even though you’ll be signed up to do deliveries in a car, you can still do your deliveries with a bike.
I’ve been delivering for Grubhub for years and even though I’m signed up to do deliveries in a car, I’ve never once done a delivery in my car. I always use my bike.
You will have to be strategic about the orders you accept. Since you’ll be signed up for car delivery, Grubhub may send you orders that are going too far away. You’ll need to reject all of the orders that can’t be reasonably completed with a bike and only accept shorter-distance orders. This isn’t hard to do, especially if you know your market well.
Advantages Of Grubhub Bike Delivery
Biking has many advantages compared to using a car to do Grubhub. Here are four advantages that come from biking that you can’t get from driving.
- You Get Exercise. Doing deliveries in a car is a sedentary activity and not very healthy for you. If you’re like most people, you probably spend a lot of your day sitting already. Being able to bike around and get some exercise in my spare time is a great way to stay in shape. Getting paid to essentially exercise is not bad at all – and you can’t get that with a car.
- 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 putting miles on your car. The cost to maintain a bike for an entire year is minimal. Cars, meanwhile, are expensive vehicles that cost you more and more each time you drive them.
- You Don’t Have To Worry About Finding Parking. Anyone who has done deliveries in a car knows that it’s a massive pain to find parking in some areas. This makes sense when you think about it. Restaurants tend to be located in busy areas that aren’t particularly friendly to cars. A lot of customers also live in big apartment buildings that don’t have much parking. I love being able to just 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. Worse yet, food delivery tends to coincide with times when traffic is the worst. The delivery rush tends to happen around dinner time, right when people happen to be on the road. But when you’re on a bike, you don’t have to worry about traffic. It’s an amazing feeling to fly past a long line of cars stuck in traffic.
Even better than using a regular bike is opting for an ebike or electric scooter. I do almost all of my deliveries using an ebike or scooter and it has dramatically improved my efficiency. Indeed, an ebike could be the best investment you ever make.
Using an ebike or scooter also gives you the best of all worlds. You won’t get tired. You can go as fast as a car can in most cities. And you won’t have to deal with parking, gas, traffic, or all the other costs and headaches that come with a car.
Grubhub bike delivery is an excellent way to earn extra money using your bike. It’s fun, better for the environment, and far more efficient than using a car.
Grubhub is annoying in that they don’t offer bike delivery in most markets. But it’s easy to get around it so long as you can qualify to sign up to deliver in a car.
I hope that information was helpful. Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions or thoughts.