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Old 05-22-08, 11:15 PM   #1
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Bicycle Messengering

Hey.

I just got fired from my job and I need a job to keep me going until I find something else, so I thought of bike messengering. I might even love it enough to keep it until old age prevents me from doing it.

I was wondering about the companies and their application process. Also, what can I do to ensure I am "good enough" to do the job? 8 hours of continuous riding over varied terrain? Map study? Cardio? Etc...

Also, one important thing that might prohibit me from having a bike messenger job... being hearing impaired. Do all companies work via two way radios? Could I buy a special phone/pager/whatever that relies solely on text messages?

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Old 05-23-08, 09:52 AM   #2
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Bike messengering also involves having to bribe & kiss up to the dispatchers real well. The good customers usually also prefer someone they know, they will ask for the same messenger. The better the dispatcher likes you, the more money you can make. It's also not 8 hours of continuous riding, you'll probably do more walking inside buildings than riding.
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Old 05-23-08, 09:54 AM   #3
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Old 05-23-08, 05:01 PM   #4
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just get a job. you will be fine. you will learn much in the first two weeks. but you will be fine. just go apply or whatever.
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Just The Fax: Messengers Face Hard Times
AP: Times Staff

NEW YORK - Once they were urban fixtures, letter-lugging road warriors flashing through traffic on two wheels. Now bicycle messengers are becoming scarce, unable to outrace technology, insurance and the economy.

"There's still a few daredevils out there, but not many," said Bill Goodman, executive director of the Association of Messenger Services.

More than 20 percent of New York City's 305 messenger companies went out of business during the past two years, continuing a decline that began several years ago with the popularity of fax machines, Goodman said.

Although in Seattle the decline has been far less severe, the industry has felt the impact of fax machines and sluggish economic growth. As a result, some smaller companies have been forced out of business, said Tom Stotler, manager of Bucky's Courier System, based in San Francisco, which is the region's largest messenger service.
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You should perhaps read some of the other stories that came up in my search, too: http://search.nwsource.com/search?fr...chtype=network
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Old 05-24-08, 07:40 AM   #6
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Just The Fax: Messengers Face Hard Times
AP: Times Staff

NEW YORK - Once they were urban fixtures, letter-lugging road warriors flashing through traffic on two wheels. Now bicycle messengers are becoming scarce, unable to outrace technology, insurance and the economy.

"There's still a few daredevils out there, but not many," said Bill Goodman, executive director of the Association of Messenger Services.

More than 20 percent of New York City's 305 messenger companies went out of business during the past two years, continuing a decline that began several years ago with the popularity of fax machines, Goodman said.

Although in Seattle the decline has been far less severe, the industry has felt the impact of fax machines and sluggish economic growth. As a result, some smaller companies have been forced out of business, said Tom Stotler, manager of Bucky's Courier System, based in San Francisco, which is the region's largest messenger service.
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HUH???? How old is this article??? Haven't fax machines been around for like, what, ??? 25 years now???
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Article was made in 1992.
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The world will always need messengers for the documents that have to be moved from one part of town to another where an email or a fax don't have the legal standing of a notarized sheet of paper.
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ACK! I hadn't noticed how old that article is. I kinda sorta recalled reading something like that recently, and thought that's what I'd found with my search.
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Yeah, that's a pretty old article but it must be worst now for bike messengers when taking into account the internet, e-mail, video conferencing, etc.

If you really want a job where you bike around, I would suggest applying to Jimmy Johns as a delivery person, especially if the store is near a college campus. I dont know the details but I know most of them deliver on their bikes around my college though they seem to switch to cars when the weather is bad.
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