The Perilous Gig Economy: Why Caviar Must Pay for Bike Courier’s Death

The Philadelphia Partisan

Image caption: A white banner hangs off a chain link fence on top of an overpass. It reads “THE GIG ECONOMY KILLED PABLO: REST IN POWER”

By Mar Escalante

Photo Credit: Mar Escalante

On Saturday, May 12, at 7:30 p.m., our dear comrade Pablo Avendano was killed in a cycling accident at the intersection of 10th Street and Spring Garden, when his bicycle was rear-ended by an SUV during a torrential downpour.

He was making a delivery for bike courier company Caviar when he died. This was no ordinary bike accident. It happened because Pablo had to work in unsafe conditions. Caviar must do the right thing and at the very least pay for the costs of his death.

As a member of the activist community of which Pablo was a part, I and many others visited the impromptu memorial set up at the site of his death to remember his life…

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