project leader
Nicholas W
location
72 N15th St
(New York City)
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Excerpt from Documentary Project

the project

New York City’s food delivery cyclists provided a vital service during our COVID-19 shutdown. They also struggled as the pandemic amplified the indignities and harsh working conditions of delivery work. This project seeks to document their experiences. 

 

Delivering Relief continues The Biking Public Project’s 2017 Delivering Justice project. Through participatory action research and documentary film we uncover the invisible stories and needs of delivery workers. Before the pandemic hit, we were engaged in the #deliverjustice campaign to legalize e-bikes in New York State and City. Though the campaign was ultimately successful, delivery cyclists saw little relief as new challenges emerged as a result of COVID-19.

the steps

Summer 2021

  • Research survey project with delivery workers
    • Outreach and planning
    • Survey at least 75 NYC delivery workers
    • Interview city officials and other stakeholders in the NYC food delivery economy
  • Pre-production of documentary film

Fall 2021

  • Research survey analysis and reporting
  • Documentary film production

 

Winter 2021

  • Release documentary project

why we're doing it

The Biking Public Project (BPP) has been around since 2012 and we work with groups who have been traditionally left out of cycling discussions such as women, people of color, immigrants, and working cyclists.  This work is critical to facilitating more inclusive discussions of cycling advocacy in New York City and beyond.

budget

1. Research survey project, total = $13,680

1a. Delivery worker participation stipends: 75 partcipants @ $40 per participant = $3,080

1b. Survey and research hours = $8,400

1c. Outreach and advocacy = $2,200

2. Documentary film project, total = $20,000

 

updates

Excerpt from Documentary Project

Our filmmaker Jing Wang shares a portion of her documentary about delivery workers in the peak of COVID.

https://vimeo.com/491433243

Thank you Po Campo!

Shout out to Po Campo for helping us kick off this project. They generously contributed a portion of their face mask sales to the Biking Public Project. 

photos

This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration

donors

  • ioby's COVID FUND
  • hong z.
  • workers' donation
  • Po Campo
  • Nicholas W.