York bike couriers ask for cycling ban exemption – argue employers’ algorithms don’t account for pedestrian zones | road.cc
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Bicycle couriers in York have asked that a ban on cycling on pedestrianised city centre streets be relaxed on the grounds that it is making their deadlines impossible to hit. “York’s restaurants are relying on us,” argued a union representative.
York Press reports that cycling is not permitted on most of York’s pedestrianised streets.
However, Cristian Santabarbara, of the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB), says this isn’t factored into employers’ algorithms and so couriers risk losing pay for arriving at customers’ homes late.