I live in a well organized and fairly compact city with 4 million people. Amazingly there are no bike messengers here! Ok, the cycling culture here is not as strong as in Europe, and the days are usually hot and sunny (love it!). So I thought, let's bring some good tradition to this country, and I decided to try to set up a messenger business. If it wouldn't be for one obstacle it would be very straight forward. That is, motorbike messengers are very popular here. So now I don't know how to convince companies to use my service. The pros for the motorbikes here is that they can go between cars, just like my bicycle, they can get around pretty quick since wide streets are linking different parts of town (actually quicker at times as it seems, since a bunch of streets are 4 lanes and have a speed limit of 60-70 km/h) AND they can reach the out-of-downtown parts much faster.
I would be happy for any reflections on the matter. Is motorbikes faster to deliver documents than bicycles? How can I convince companies that a sweaty guy on a bicycle can do the job better than motorbikes?