This article was in my local paper (Portland, Maine) yesterday. I think it will be available without registering for the next week.
Evidently the bike messengering business is way off over the last few years, thanks to increased use of electronic document sharing such as email. It focuses on a few local cyclists, but also mentions industry stats from other parts of the U.S. Just wanted to share the article and see what comments people might have.
Originally Posted by MadfiNch on Commuting forum
What's the point of a bike if you can only ride it on weekends, and you can't even carry anything with you?!
Yeah, and it's a GOOD read, very information and idea dense. I bought it in hardcover for $23 and I'm normally the kind of person who waits for the softcover. It's just out, well worth getting I think.
And yes, it's about the coming oil crisis - same author wrote a scathing book about urban sprawl that did well.
here in DC the government keeps couriers way busy. and architects too. guess blueprints are special.
Around here, we send most of our engineer drawings, C and D size, electronically either as the raw file, pdf, or a solid model file. It's even better than sending a paper copy since we don't have to dimension that much for them, they can just pull it off themselves.
That's creepy, in NYC, the trailer's behind the biker heh.
Those rigshaws may be the last form of employment for those human powered workers. Even the newspapers are delivered by car today!
I was standing at the place in New York City where these cyclist go to work and it is HARD work indeed. One guy walked in looking nearly dead during the summer and he said there was no way he could work today. I don't see many girls doing this job because the bikes must be over 110 pounds and the wheels are heavy and inefficient.