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Video: Food delivery cyclist jumps onto moving train

Rider decides not to wait for freight train to pass at level crossing in Florida

A food delivery cyclist in Florida seems to have taken his employers’ motto of “freaky fast” delivery rather too literally – by slinging his bike over his shoulder and hopping onto a moving freight train before jumping off to land on the other side of the tracks.

The footage was recorded on a car’s dashcam in Jacksonville, Florida, with the motorist who took it sending it to local TV station News4Jax, asking, “Is delivering a sandwich really worth it?"

The delivery rider was apparently working for the Jimmy John’s chain, based in Illinois, which has more than 2,000 outlets across the United States.

Elizabeth Scott, who runs several of the company’s restaurants in Jacksonville, told News4Jax: “All of our delivery employees are expected to obey all traffic laws and make all deliveries in a safe, timely manner for themselves, as well as for other people on the road.

“We do not condone that type of delivery method,” she added. “We expect all of our drivers and delivery employees to follow all traffic laws and in this case, railroad crossing laws.”

It has not been reported why the cyclist decided not to wait for the train to pass.

But with food delivery drivers and riders often working on a freelance basis with income related to the number of drops they do, and freight trains in the United States up to 4 kilometres in length and moving slowly, perhaps he felt the pressure of making the delivery justified the risk?

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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