For many city dwellers, the time between clicking "Order Now" in a food delivery app and accepting the still-warm plastic bag of pad thai from the courier on your doorstep is spent doing nothing but waiting. In the interim, however, a delivery person — often on a bicycle — is making an often death-defying ride, racing through traffic for tips. (If you're not sure how much you should be paying for this service, click here.)
Working as a courier for a meal delivery service — or many at once — means making your own schedule, operating off your phone, and spending the majority of your time outside. But what really goes into a workday spent on the back of a bike, and is it possible to make a living wage doing it? Watch the video above to find out.
To read (and watch!) more about bike messengers in the on-demand meal economy of New York City, check out the full report, here.