Riders, also called Bicycle couriers, usually accept orders from a central office by phone or via a a smartphone app. They ride to the customer’s location by bicycle and pick up the goods to be transported. They then deliver the items to the recipients on time: they bring letters, parcels or important documents to the specified delivery address, deliver food to the front door or drive blood samples to the laboratory. At the destination, they have the receipt of the shipments confirmed by a signature and accept payments if necessary.
In German, Rider is called…
Fahrradkurier | Kurierfahrer
Why should You apply as a Rider
- Improved Physical Health: Cycling regularly can help to improve cardiovascular health, lower blood pressure, and promote weight loss.
- Flexibility and Autonomy: As a bicycle courier, you can often choose the hours that you work and where you work, giving you more control over your schedule and the freedom to work independently.
- Reduced Carbon Footprint: Using a bicycle instead of a car or motorbike for delivery work can significantly reduce carbon emissions and help to promote a more sustainable mode of transportation.
- Competitive Pay: Many bicycle courier jobs offer competitive pay rates, with the potential to earn additional income through tips and bonuses.
- Develops Riding Skills: Being a bicycle courier involves navigating through different road situations, socializing with other cyclists and developing the necessary riding skills required to be a better cyclist.
Many job ads mention the following advantages and benefits:
- Permanent contract
- Excellent e-bikes, rainwear and cell phone are provided for you
- Attractive bonus system
- Flexible working hours from Monday to Sunday
Hourly wages are frequently announced as 13 to 15€ plus tips from customers.
Basic Requirements for a Rider…
German Minimum B1 | Physical condition
What it needs to succeed as a Rider
This job requires You to
- calling up the full physical condition.
- being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- being careful about detail and thorough in completing work tasks.
- being honest and ethical.
- being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- take on responsibilities and challenges.
What to Do in detail
Riders cover long distances outdoors on their bicycles during their working hours, where they are exposed to the weather. Good physical condition and weatherproof clothing are therefore essential. They may wear professional clothing, e.g., with the employer’s company logo. They usually carry out minor repairs and bicycle cleaning and maintenance themselves. In the process, they may come into contact with cleaning agents and lubricants. Transporting packages can be physically demanding and can also be done in the evening or on weekends.
Riders handle the bicycle and the goods being transported responsibly. They have a good knowledge of local road conditions for optimal route planning. They know and follow the regulations from the road traffic law. They remain calm and focused in stressful situations. Friendliness and service orientation are important when dealing with customers.