At INSHUR we look for ways to help Uber drivers make more money – revealing where the crowds are is one of them. But as many events have been cancelled this year due to COVID-19, identifying reliable rider hotspots and pickup locations has become a bit of a guessing game for Private Hire drivers.
Citymapper’s Mobility Index suggests that weekend peak social hours are continuously increasing, currently around 50% compared to that of pre-pandemic life.
Socially-distanced activities and pop-up food and drink venues are a staple feature of the new normal across many city centres. Schools are back, and traditional outdoor markets are thriving. Scroll down to find out where the riders are likely to be this September.
The following information is correct at the time of writing on 2nd September. But before you go, be sure to check the latest on local restrictions from official government sources: England, Scotland and Wales.
Back to School
August and September sees pupils across England, Scotland and Wales go back to school, or start a new school altogether. Prepare for a potential increase in morning and mid-afternoon demand. Staggered start and finish times for different year groups could mean a steady trickle of trips throughout the day.
Black Minds Matter UK Charity Event
- Where: Box Park, East Croydon
- When: Sunday 6th September
- Times: 11.00 am – 6.00 pm
Insider’s scoop: This is a family-friendly event, meaning the possibility of little legs getting tired and the need to jump in a taxi.
Oktoberfest @ Munich Cricket Club
- Where: Munich Cricket Club, Canary Wharf
- When: Friday 17th – Wednesday 30th September
- Times: 5.00 pm – 12.00 am
Insider’s scoop: Ask your riders to meet you on Hertsmere Road.
The Luna Cinema
- Where: Dulwich Park, Wimbledon Park & Royal Hospital Chelsea
- When: Every day from Tuesday 1st September – Sunday 20th September, Tuesday 29th & Wednesday 30th September
- Times: 6.00 – 10.30 pm
Insider’s scoop: Click here to find out exactly which location will be the rider hotspot on which date.
Local Produce Market
- Where: Central Square, Brindleyplace
- When: Friday 4th September
- Times: 11.00 am – 4.00 pm
Insider’s scoop: As this location suggests, it is central to many rider hotspots such as the National Sea Life Centre, the SACO Hotel, and the IKON Gallery. Make sure to let your rider know exactly where you are waiting. There are many pedestrianised roads and one-way systems in the area that a visitor may not know their way around.
Nightflix Gin Cinema
- Where: Burnage Rugby Club, Stockport
- When: Friday 4th & Saturday 5th September
- Times: 6.30 pm
Insider’s scoop: Both nights are sold out, with organisers stating that the event will go ahead even if it’s raining. Spectators are welcome to bring their own chairs and blankets, and with limited parking on site many may opt for a lift to and from the venue – particularly after a few gins!
Manchester Food and Drink Festival
- Where: Festival Hub, Cathedral Gardens
- When: Thursday 24th – Sunday 27th September
- Times: 11.00 am – 11.00 pm
Insider’s scoop: Festival events take place across the city, as well as at The Hub. Click here to check out the full programme and each event’s location.
New lockdown restrictions have been announced, but only apply to domestic gatherings. This is unlikely to have a negative effect on current taxi demand.
City Property Markets
- Where: Bridgeton Cross Retail Market, Glasgow East End
- When: Every Tuesday and Friday
- Times: 9.00 am – 3.00 pm
- Where: Patrick Retail Market, Glasgow West End
- When: Every Wednesday
- Times: 9.00 am – 3.00 pm
- Where: Govan Retail Market, Glasgow South Side
- When: Every Saturday
- Times: 9.00 am – 2.30 pm
- Where: West End Farmers Market (Patrick), Glasgow West End
- When: Every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month (Sunday 12th September & Sunday 26th September)
- Times: 10.00 am – 2.00 pm
Insider’s scoop: These free events offer Scotland’s largest fruit, fish, retail and farmers markets across the city. Plenty of spontaneous shoppers are likely to need a taxi to see them and their purchases home safe.
Historic Tours of Glasgow University
Where: The University of Glasgow, Glasgow West End
When: Every Tuesday to Sunday until October
Times: 11.00 am & 2.00 pm
Insider’s scoop: Tours last approximately 60 minutes, so plan to be in the area around 1 hour after the start times listed above.
As air passengers continue to increase, airports such as Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham and Stansted could be ideal places for Uber drivers to pick up passengers and get tips. Click here for all you need to know on UK airports during COVID-19.
Picking Up Delivery
Click here to find out more about your delivery work options. And remember, with INSHUR you are automatically covered to do delivery work at no added cost.
Wherever you go to pick up passengers, make sure that both you and your rider will need to wear a face-covering. Read more about face coverings here.