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Features, Functions & Updates

We’re working continuously on the development of new features and functions to make sure every express delivery with DBike always runs smoothly and we are meeting the requirements of all our customers.

In focus right now is the topic of security with 2 new features launched this week.

Sign here, please

Sometimes the recipient of a delivery is not available to accept the package him or herself. Some deliveries are particularly sensitive or valuable, or you’d just prefer to have a legally binding confirmation that your delivery was accepted and by whom. With the new Signature feature your DBike bike messenger will now collect a signature, both at the pick-up and the drop-off address, directly in his DBike app. As soon as the signature at the drop-off address has been saved, the sender receives a confirmation in real-time, that the delivery has been completed successfully.

 

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Large or small, light or heavy

Some deliveries involve multiple items or packages, or are particularly large and bulky and need to be transported with a cargo bike rather than your normal fixie. For orders via the DBike Web Application it is now possible to define a size and weight for your delivery as well as the total number of items to be transported. After confirming the desired pick-up and drop-off address, the sender selects what kind of delivery is being requested and adds the weight and size information for each item. All details are sent together with the delivery request to the DBike courier network so that the best biker for the specific requirements can be found. Particularly heavy or large deliveries for example will be managed by bike messengers riding with a cargo bike.

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As well as lots more features and functions, we are busy working on a larger project that we are looking forward to announce soon – so, stay tuned!

Which features would you like to see in DBike? Send us an email with your feedback and suggestions!

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wiesn_dbike

DBike delivers to literally every address in Munich!

Once again the yearly “To a peaceful Octoberfest!” rang out a few days ago across the Theresienwiese here in Munich!

So far it seems not only to be a peaceful Wiesn but also a particularly quiet one – and under such circumstances there’s no reason we can’t pick up or drop off your delivery requests right in front of your favourite beer tent.

Whether you want to send your colleague who’s stuck in the office a Wiesn heart or need to get rid of the rather impractical prize you won at the shooting to get your hands free for that next mass of beer: a DBike bike messenger will pick up your delivery in front of the beer tent, at the foot of the Bavaria statue or by the big wheel and bring it to your desired destination within one hour.

And when Octoberfest finally comes to a close, the same rule applies for the four other seasons of the year: from Untermenzing to Oberhaching, from Solln to Oberföhring – DBike is there for you wherever you are in this lovely city.

“Prost” to that we say!

 

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Streetlife Festival 2015

Streetlife, Park(ing) Day, Critical Mass… A car-free Munich?

No matter which area you work in: September is event month. And it’s no different for us. This week it’s all about the use of public space and a fair distribution for all, whether cars, bike or pedestrians…

Streetlife Festival

After our day out as visitors in May, this weekend we took part in the Streetife Festival as an exhibitor for the first time. The Streetlife Festival began in 2000 as a „Car Free Day“ and has grown over the last 15 years to become (according to the organisers) „the biggest street festival in the galaxy“. The aim of the event however remains the same: to motivate people to lead a conscious lifestyle, to build a colourful city and work for a future that encourages change. The organisers hope to demonstrate with the event that we can design our cities together – one of the topics that we find particularly important.

And apparently so do many of the over 300,000 visitors at the weekend who were enjoying the 1,300 car-free meters between Odeonsplatz and Münchner Freiheit. We had many interesting conversations and were pleased to welcome lots of visitors to our stand. The best thing though was seeing the potential for a higher quality of life for all in the city centre. Whilst we were building our stand before the event started, there were joggers, bikers and kids playing up and down the huge space on Leopoldstraße. Some people were just out for a quiet walk. Others had decided to go by foot for a change from Odeonsplatz to the Englischer Garten, instead of getting the Ubahn two stops to Gieselstraße. The atmosphere on Leopoldstraße was amazing: relaxed, happy and friendly. Now we just have to wait 8 months until we can enjoy it again…

In case you didn’t manage to get past the music stages and cocktail stands and make it down to the Bike Mile at the weekend, there’s a second chance to meet us this week:

on Park(ing) Day.

This Friday is the worldwide Park(ing) Day event and DBike is also taking part. In cities from Columbia to Turkmenistan, citizens and businesses will be demonstrating their ideas for an alternative use of public space. Green City e.V. is coordinating the event for Munich and will be hoping to underline their message for a reduction in the number of parking spaces in the Bavarian capital.

By taking part in the event we want to reinforce the importance of a suitable and safe infrastructure for bikes in the city: not just for those people who privately prefer to travel by bike than by car, but also for a strong economy and to support Munich businesses in the city center. Particularly since it has recently been made more difficult to realise improvements to bike infrastructure.

You can find us on Friday between 3-7pm at Sendlinger Straße 27.

Critical Mass

Last but not least… A slight deviation from the usual plan this month due to the Park(ing) Day events: For everyone who is around Gärtnerplatz a little earlier in the evening there is a pre-meeting point at 7:30pm there at the BikeKitchen “Park”. After making our presence known with a few rounds of the Platz it’s on to the Bavaria where it’s back to business as usual. Registration is not necessary but you can let everyone know you’ll be attending here.

7:30pm: Meeting point at Gärtnerplatz at the BikeKitchen stand

8pm: Departure

8:20pm: Arrival at the Bavaria

8:30pm: Start

 

See you then :)

 

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Tipps für Fahrradkurier in München

Top 10 Tips for Bike Messengers

A blog series without a top 10? Here’s one from us then. Back to our Bike Messenger series and we have gathered our favourite tips as well as a few from some of our oldest bike messengers. Especially for the new guys, you might find one or two things in the list that you hadn’t placed too much importance on until now. Here’s Part 1:

1. It’s all about the bag

Your bag is your best friend. And as your best friend it deserves a decent amount of respect. You want it to last more than a week? You want to be able to take a variety of different jobs from different customers? You want to be able to pick up a beer at after work without searing pain through your neck and shoulders? Invest in a good bag. “That’ll be fine for sure.” or “I’ll have to keep replacing it anyway, what’s a day here or there.” – said no bike messenger ever. The few extra Euro you spend now you will not regret later.

2. (Actually it’s all about the bike)

If you’re a bike messenger that’s a no-brainer really… right? 😉

3. Tools

It’s early Friday morning and you’re coming from Stachus on the way to Sendlinger Tor… you guessed it already: Sonnenstrasse + bike = flat tyre. Not to make unfounded accusations but take a look next time: 90% of broken glass lying about outside the many bars and clubs on that street is not on the pavement where you’d expect people dropping things to be hanging out, but on the bike path. Maybe there’s some magical force of attraction between glass and a bike path but we’re guessing not… Anyway. Unless you’re anywhere near Nymphenburger Str area – where half the bike shops in Munich seem to have their home within a few meters of each other – you’ll need to fix that yourself. And quick. Your customer doesn’t care that his bike messenger is half an hour later because he got a flat tyre. Instead he might just not book you again.

4. Don’t get mad, get even

Even the calmest bike messenger will reach the end of his nerves at some point. The reasons are many and varied, as we have mentioned previously, but none of them are worth getting upset (or arrested) over. A driver who considers a bike on the road to be an invasion of his space is not likely to have a friendly ear when you try to explain that actually no, you don’t have to ride on the bike path because of a, b and c. It’s more productive to take some personal revenge. No, we don’t mean following the guy and slashing his tyres / scratching his paintwork in the night. You can annoy the people who make your blood boil in much more simple (and legal) ways. When you catch up with an aggressive overtaker later in traffic, smile and wave as you sail past, or tell the driver his taillight is broken, or whatever else your imagination comes up with to get one back 😉

5. Know your fines

Make sure you know how much of your days income you are risking when you consider a slight or major deviation from the rules. Let’s talk traffic lights. One second is nothing right? So skipping a traffic light that has been red for just a second or longer is not so bad? That’ll be €100 – or up to €180. Zebra crossings. If a car is passing the crossing it is blocked for pedestrians, but a bike? It’s not like a bike takes up so much space, I can scoot over on one side and there’s still space for a pedestrian to cross at the same time. Right? That’ll be €40. No bell? €15. Would have been cheaper to buy one. You can find a full list here.

Part 2 – coming soon.

 

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Gadgets für den Fahrradkurier

Gadgets to save your life as a bike messenger – Part 1

There’s another fun infographic doing the rounds today. This time presenting the likelihood of dying when partaking in certain activities. So how’s it looking for bikers? Apparently you have a 1 in 140,848 chance of dying when riding a bike. For bike messengers the likelihood is supposedly higher of course, considering the above-average time spent on a bike.

But we don’t want to be so negative on such a sunny Friday here in Munich! If you avoided doing everything that could potentially be dangerous then you wouldn’t even get out of bed in the morning. Every week there are new tools and gadgets popping up that want to help us as bikers and particularly bike messengers, to stay alive on our travels. Which gadgets are on the market and are they practical for the average bike messenger?

SmartHalo

SmartHalo successfully completed a Kickstarter campaign this week and will be on the production line soon. And what does this blinking, LED circle that you attach to your handlebars do? Almost everything except for doing the pedalling for you by the looks of it. Firstly it is a navigation system which connects to your smartphone via bluetooth and show you the quickest and safest route to take. It’s got anti-theft covered, with a smartphone authentification process or a “tapcode”. And for all the numbers-guys, the halo tracks distance covered, average speed as well as calories burned.

Cool-Factor: Nice… this halo thing doesn’t look half bad!

Practicality for a bike messenger: A bike messenger who doesnt know his way around town is not a bike messenger 😉 The navigation system could be useful for newbies, but a professional bike messenger doesn’t need anyone (or anything) to show him the way – you won’t find the shortcuts and cut-throughs he knows in any navi 😉

Cyclee

The Cyclee safety tool involves a mini-projector that is fixed to the back of the saddle and projects signals onto the riders back. This is supposed to make is easier or quicker for drivers to identify a biker that is stopping, turning, pulling out etc

Cool-Factor: Hmm, well… no.

Practicality for a bike messenger: Considering the vast majority of bike messengers carry some kind of bag on their back at all times, it seems pretty unlikely that the Cyclee will be a big hit in the bike messenger community.

The good old bike helmet

…. naaah. We’ll leave the bike helmet discussion for today. What with the #DankHelm vs #BesserObenOhne campaign or the latest highlights from the Eurobike show this week in Friedrichshafen, there’s enough going around to read on that topic at the moment.

Cool-Factor: Bike helmets are officially not cool, there are however every now and again new products popping up which want to try and improve that image – for example the Hövding Airbag Helmet or even a Bavarian style Tracht Helmet

Practicality for a bike messenger: Unless you have a particularly oversized head, there’s not much reason for a helmet to not be practical.

 

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Der PARK(ing) Day 2015 in München

PARK(ing) Day 2015 in Munich

Have you ever had similar thoughts whilst out and about in town?

„Wouldn‘t this bike lane be much safer if it didn’t suddenly end right here?“

„Really, another delivery van parked on the bike lane…?“

„Wouldn’t it be so much more relaxed here if it wasn’t for all the traffic?“

The use of public space is a hotly debated topic. Whether you wish a fairer allocation between cars, pedestrians and bikes (instead of a whopping 71% for cars, 16% for pedestrian and only 13% for bikes as in some areas) more green stretches or just a different way of using the space: on PARK(ing) Day everyone can demonstrate their ideas for an alternative use of public areas. As coordinator of the event in Munich, Green City will be supporting its demand for a reduction in the number of parking spaces in the city.

Choose your parking space and let your creativity run wild

It’s as easy as that: choose any parking space, name the corresponding street and house number and let your creativity run wild. Green City takes care of all the paperwork, registers your spot with the KVR and brings bollards on the day of the event so that, for one afternoon at least, your space can’t be used for its normal purpose.

Registration should be closing tomorrow so if you want to secure a parking space for your idea, get in touch with Green City asap.

You’ve got a great idea but can’t take part yourself? Send us your suggestion and maybe we can squeeze it into our parking space plan :)

#parkingday #MucOhneMief

 

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Sommer

Dear Car Drivers, Why The Bad Mood?

Dear Car Drivers,

It’s Friday… aren’t you looking forward to the weekend, to spending time with your friends and family, to taking a trip to the lake, or having time for your hobbies? (Golf, reading, stamp collecting, drinking, surfing… Whatever your thing is.)

The sun is shining… and it’s not even as hot as the last few days… Aren’t you happy to be able to enjoy the nice weather without sweating buckets as soon as you move even a muscle?

You guys anyway have air conditioning in there… Doesn’t it make you smile even a little bit at the thought of us poor guys on two wheels working up a sweat pedaling around town while you can enjoy the ride in a nice comfortable 18 degrees?

All in all it’s really not that much of a bad day… right?

SO WHY ARE YOU ALL IN SUCH A BAD MOOD?!?

15 minutes through the city on my bike and I’ve been honked at three times and shouted at twice. As I was adhering to all the usual traffic rules (nope, still not compulsory to use bike paths as standard in Germany) it surely can’t be down to something like riding on the road for lack of suitable bike path, right?

If you’re all in such a bad mood, why don’t you pull over for 10 minutes and watch a couple of cat videos, they’re supposed to help against stress and bad mood – if this really not that bad Friday can’t put at least a small smile on your face.

Best regards,

A biker

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Green City Radl-Shuttle

The Green City e.V. „Radl-Shuttle“ in Munich and why DBike is taking part

For the last week 30-40 cyclists have been meeting every morning at 8:30am at the Stemmerhof to ride together with the “Radl-Shuttle” from Green City e.V down Lindwurmstraße to Sendlinger Tor. The car drivers must be wondering what on earth is going on: in the middle of the rush-hour hectic these cyclists are riding on the right hand traffic lane, where there is a bike path directly adjacent, and don’t even look to be in a hurry – what are they up to, they’re blocking the traffic!

But that’s exactly the point. The cyclists aren’t blocking the traffic, they are part of the traffic. And that’s why they meet every day come rain or shine, to draw attention to the problem. As part of the traffic, cyclists also want to be able to get to work safely and in the current situation that is by no means guaranteed.

Lindwurmstraße serves as an example for many streets in Munich where cyclists are forced to ride on narrow and unsafe, but at the same time compulsory bike paths. The journey under the bridge is particularly dangerous with too many cyclists and pedestrians at the same time just trying to get from one side to the other in one piece. Elsewhere it’s car doors that are swung open as a cyclist is riding by or the ever increasing number of delivery vehicles parked on the bike path. There’s no chance to overtake a slower cyclist on these narrow paths, not to mention no space for evasive maneuvers when a dog or a kid suddenly runs across your way.

If it’s bad now – and it is – what will it be like in a years’ time? Two facts are already known. Firstly, thanks to the many great initiatives and developments over the last years, the number of cyclists in the city is continually increasing. The Landeshauptstadt München has declared a goal of being even more bike-friendly and further increasing the number of bikes on the roads.  „Improve your health, take your bike to work!“ we hear from the guys at the AOK and ADFC during their Ride Your Bike To Work initiative. And secondly: the Munich population just wont stop growing. The demand for housing is increasing at the highest rate in the Bavarian capital. Just at the beginning of the month we heard that there are now as many as 1.5 million of us in the city and that there is no end in sight to the population growth spurt we are seeing. The increasing number of inhabitants however has not lead to an increasing number of cars on the road – more people, who though want to see fewer cars in the city.

It seems pretty clear to us: the situation is going nowhere good. As far as we are aware though, the state government is still yet to make a proposal of how to deal with the situation. So in the meantime, we will continue to ride with the Radl-Shuttle and hope through this initative to increase the pressure on the right people in the right places.

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Are you cut out for one of the hardest jobs going?

In the second edition of our Casual DBiker blog series we want to put the facts on the table. That sounds like it’s getting kinda serious you say? Biking is not exactly rocket science, right? The truth though is: being a bike messenger is one of the hardest jobs there are, whether you’re a professional or just casual biker.

Fortunately the job is also one of the best jobs there are :) . We would recommend you all the job of casual bike messenger right away, but you have to know what you’re letting yourself in for if you want to be a successful Casual Biker at DBike.

Riding around all day, none of that mundane office life, more fresh air than you can shake a stick at, planning your day as your own boss… That’s what being a bike messenger is all about. But then: Rain. Or snow. Or both. And wind. And a flat tyre. Yes, the tyre that you already had to change once at the beginning of the week… And now you’re running late. And those 15 kilo in your bag somehow feel like 150 kilo today. That’s also the kind of fun that makes up the daily life of a bike messenger.

To enjoy being a casual biker at DBike – and we want happy DBikers! – you need to keep a cool head. The cars turning right at the traffic lights that only see you in the very last second even though you have right of way.  How can it be that 50% of the population somehow still didn’t learn it’s usually better to look if something’s coming before you whip open your car door parked next to a bike lane? The poor overworked DHL guys who tend to park right over the bike path to get as close as possible to their delivery address in the hope of gaining any additional seconds. (On the topic of things on bike lanes, we could go on forever about it but you can save yourself from that ordeal and take a look at this nice collection).

The list of things that wind you up as a bike messenger is actually endless. You will be shouted at all day – bikers are of course on principle always the ones in the wrong. And don’t even think about trying to protest your innocence – this will only confirm that you are obviously one of these crazy militant bikers everyone always talks about, who think the streets belong to them.

And we have to be honest, the job is also dangerous: In a current series from stern magazine entitled „Seeing and understanding“ you can read some pretty sobering numbers: in 2014 there were 63,351 minorly injured and 14,516 seriously injured bikers reported in Germany alone. As you can see it’s not exactly like running a library.

Working – or rather living – as a bike messenger is so much more than the few frustrations and dangerous situations you encounter. For some it’s a way of life. Ignore the abuse shouted to you by our friends on four wheels. I would be raging too if I was sitting in traffic for 27% of my journey every day. Throw them a random smile back, easy as that – it will confuse the hell out of them. Of course there are also those who employ other tactics, for example shouting to the car driver as they ride past that his taillight is broken. But that is of course not an official DBike recommendation….

If you think you are cut out for the job we can promise you, you can take a whole lot more back home with you at the end of the day than the few insults you receive from frustrated car drivers. Download the DBike Messenger app and take a look or get in touch with us to find out more.

To close, here our one for the road: Infographic “Why Cycling Makes You Happy” 

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What is a Casual DBiker and why should I be interested?

DBike is not only about express delivery. An important part of our mission is also to promote sustainable economies whilst providing a service that is beneficial to the community and the environment.

That’s why as well as offering professional bike couriers an opportunity to use the DBike platform to build their own customer base, DBike is also available to anyone who is travelling by bike through their local city. We think of it like this: how many cycling enthusiasts are out and about riding around their city every day and could take a package requested by someone for delivery with a destination that lies along their route? Wouldn’t that save a lot of these short inner-city deliveries via traditional transport methods, which are not just clogging up the roads but also the air with the ever growing level of exhaust emissions? The biker himself also has the added benefit of earning some extra cash.

Some traditional delivery businesses are recognising the need for change, for example DHL with their acquisition of electric mobility start-up StreetScooter at the end of last year. But electric delivery vehicles are no long-term solution and especially not for helping to solve the space issues in our busiest cities. According to the new Stau-Index for example, drivers in Munich are facing on average 27% longer journey times this year due to the increasing levels of congestion in the city. And by the looks of the numbers, the trend is going in a very unattractive direction.

With the many new cycling initiatives in Munich from organisations such as the Radlhauptstadt München, it has never been easier and more attractive to get around the city via bike and with the ever-growing cycling community, we have a real chance to get involved ourselves and help design the kind of city we want to live in. We at DBike are not alone in believing that we are entering a new era of urban mobility. Cities throughout Europe are busy re-evaluating their infrastructure and mobility plans. We couldn’t agree more with this statement recently from an article in the Wirtschaftswoche: „The future of urban mobility belongs to the bike“.

So whether you are actively looking to contribute to developing sustainable mobility in your city, simply looking for some inspiration to take your bike more often instead of the car, or just want to earn some extra cash while you are riding around anyway: get in touch with us or check out the DBike Messenger app right away – and get ready for when it really kicks off in June!

Coming up in the Casual DBiker series we will be looking at a range of issues and questions around the topic of being a DBiker, passing on recommendations for the best bike accessories or places to get your bike fixed up and also have some top tips from the professionals out there. You have a topic you want to see covered here? Let us know!

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