How DoorDash is Destroying the Environment

January 04, 2023

In December the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (my previous employer) released a study on the impact of food delivery apps like DoorDash. Using publicly available data they showed how rapid growth of food deliveries is destroying our environment and clogging our streets with traffic.

Why It Matters

Food delivery apps were a lifeline for restaurants during the pandemic. They are convenient and a tempting option when you are busy, looking for a new treat, or do not want to eat inside. As prices rise you may want to ask yourself whether it’s worth ordering take-out not just for your wallet, but for the impact on the environment.

By the Numbers

What’s Next

Food delivery apps are likely here to stay. The MAPC study points out is important municipalities get data on food delivery to shape policy and planning for managing them. However we are likely to see solutions like:

  • More short-term pick-up spots.
  • Automated traffic enforcement.
  • Incentives to use non-automobile transport for short trips.
  • Central pick-up zones for food delivery in neighborhoods.

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