Food Delivery Rider Filmed Cycling Through Sydney Tunnel
A food delivery rider has been filmed cycling on a motorway that appears to be Sydney's M5 tunnel.
Footage of the cyclist hugging the side of the left-hand lane while cars veered to avoid him was posted to TikTok.
It's the latest example of food delivery drivers putting themselves in danger, either through ignorance or a need to get the job done, Bicycle NSW general manager of public affairs Bastien Wallace said.
Although there's no blanket ban on cyclists using motorways in NSW, it's illegal to cycle in the M5, the Cross City tunnel, parts of the Eastern Distributor, and the Sydney Harbour tunnel.
Doing so carries a penalty of up to 20 units, or a $2200 fine.
Part of the problem is there's no central repository where cyclists can find information on where they are or are not allowed to cycle, Wallace said.
"The other challenge is that food couriers and share bike riders who don't know the areas very well may accidentally use tunnels, following the guidance of navigation apps made for cars," she told 10 daily.
About 50 percent of delivery cyclists have been hit by a car, Wallace said
People are also more likely to use delivery services like Uber Eats or Deliveroo at night or when it's raining (or both), Wallace said, meaning cyclists are putting themselves at further risk due to poor visibility.
"It's harder for a biker to see when it's dark and miserable," Wallace said.
10 daily has been unable to contact the TikTok user who posted the original footage.
In a statement, Uber Eats told 10 daily its app includes a bicycle-specific Google Maps navigation option, which it asks all bicycle delivery "partners" to use and is the default option for cyclists.
"It’s a simple step that can help avoid ending up in a dangerous situation," the spokesperson said.
The spokesperson added they had developed a bike safety test in partnership with Bicycle Queensland, which cyclists need to pass "in order to keep access to the app".
“We’re adding to this with campaigns to raise awareness, both when delivery partners sign up to use the app, and then repeatedly over time as they continue to use the app," they said.
"We’ve also invited [toll-road operator] Transurban staff in to do training for our staff at driver and delivery partner centres.”
NSW Police have been contacted for comment.
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