In honour of International Women’s Day on March 8th, we’ve asked our rider community to share their thoughts on being a female a rider in the food delivery space. Here some of their responses below:
Q1. How did you get started with foodora?
(Eleni): “I love cycling, and thought foodora would be a great opportunity to do a bit more riding outside my full time office job and make extra money on the side to pay for more bike things while I was at it!”
(Lisa): “Through seeing foodora’s advertisements inside restaurants and bikers with pink backpack on the streets.”
(Clara): “Inquired and applied online after seeing couriers on the road and wanted to give it a try.”
Q2. Why do you think fewer women apply to be a rider?
(Sarah): “It’s an industry that seems, at least in my experience, to be mostly men and I think some people feel they wouldn’t get the same experience (mostly from customers I think)….”
(Elizabeth): “Preconceived (incorrect) assumption that we’re not strong enough or that this job is dangerous for women.”
Q3. Your best foodora riding experience?
(Mary): “Hi-five with other foodora rider as we cross path on the bike trail.”
(Eleni): “Hard to say. I like a lot of the small moments – catching a breathtaking sunset while pedaling across the Burrard bridge; exchanging surprise Christmas gifts with often stressed restaurant workers; shouting out encouraging words to fellow Foodsters you pass as you fly over the Dunsmuir viaduct; getting to peek inside some spectacular buildings; meeting so many cute dogs in elevators.”
(Patricia): “I don’t know if I have one specific experience that sticks out. But I’m honestly so thankful for all the friendships I have made through this line of work. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many strong women and learning from them. I’ve also had the chance to encourage newer cyclists and it’s honestly such an empowering feeling.”
(Emma): “Delivering some burgers to a couple of very excited kids. They were playing outside the front of their house when they saw me arrive, once they realised I was delivering their food they cheered and invited me in (I politely declined). Watching them running off to get their dad to excitedly tell them I had arrived bought a smile to my face and made up for all the times I’ve had to cycle in the rain and up hills.”
Q4. Any suggestions to help improve foodora’s inclusivity?
(Eleni): “I think it helps knowing other women are out there riding the streets – because we’re less common, I always notice fellow women working food delivery and give them a wave…”
(Allison): “Have a meet up foodora group for women/trans/non-binary people. Connecting with other folks who identify as women would be helpful – we can converse and talk about issues etc.”
(Patricia): “Host events or workshops just for women. Or highlight a female rider in each newsletter.”
Happy International Women’s Day.