Leading last-mile delivery service DoorDash has teamed with Australian bike safety advocacy group the Amy Gillett Foundation (AGF) to enhance the safety of courier riders.
The partnership will develop a training course for DoorDash’s new delivery riders, known as Dashers, and ongoing cycling safety information to reinforce smart and safe practices.
AGF and its partner Wheel Women will also enrol DoorDash employees in their Train the Trainer program to bolster cycling safety expertise among key staff.
In addition, DoorDash and AGF will work together to advocate for public policies to help keep cyclists and other vulnerable road users safe – such as increased investment in bike lane infrastructure, the enforcement of minimum passing distance laws, and speed limit reduction.
Every day, between 20 and 30 Australian cyclists are hospitalised with a serious injury, usually head trauma, after being hit by a car or truck.
AGF Chief Executive Officer Daniel Kneipp said it was impressive to see DoorDash prioritising the safety of Dashers.
According to the AGF, the partnership and its findings would help shape future Foundation activities to foster safer cycling for all road users.
Mr Kneipp said Australia had experienced incredible growth in cycling numbers, with more than 10.1 million Australians riding a bike during the past year.
“The Amy Gillett Foundation’s mission is to ensure all cyclists make it home safely, whether that is a mum cycling to work, a grandfather on an exercise ride, a Dasher delivering your dinner, or a young girl cycling to school,” he said.
DoorDash operates in more than 7,000 cities across the US, Canada, Australia and Japan. It recently partnered with industry peers Deliveroo, Menulog and Uber Eats to develop Australia’s first set of National Food Delivery Platform Safety Principles, to minimise risk for all food delivery workers in Australia.