Joe Hendry of Mess Media posted a story about Couriers in Toronto.
Couriers the latest free-enterprizers on two wheels
By Reuben Sokol
Toronto Observer, April 7, 2010
(about photo: Andrew Parker, Amy Dyer, Steve Beiko and Marli Epp (left to right) huddle on Mar. 25 at the end of a long day of riding.–Photo by: Reuben Sokol/Toronto Observer)
Amy Dyer makes her living on two wheels in Toronto â€¦ unless those wheels get damaged.
â€œIf one of my wheels on my bike decides itâ€™s had enough â€¦ and blows up, unless you build it yourself, you have to pay the mechanic to build it â€¦ That is upwards of $200,â€ Dyer said.
â€œWe buy special Gore-Tex socks so youâ€™re not going to get wet and cold, and youâ€™re not going to freeze and die of frost bite.â€
On March 25, fully dressed in several layers of winter clothing, Dyer and five other bike couriers sat at the roundtable in downtown Toronto.
Some are members of the Toronto Bike Messenger Association (TOMBA), a non-profit organization set up for the benefit of 500 bike messengers. Theyâ€™re planning an emergency fundraiser for May 1 and 2. Dyer explained the purpose of the Bike Messenger Emergency Fund.
Joe also posted a story about bike couriers in in Dallas, old school…like back in 1923.
This is a picture of my wifeâ€™s grandfather, Gordon Mackenzie, as a young Western Union messenger boy in Dallas circa 1923 (third from left). Gordon died last year at the age of 96 but was a messenger from the age of 12 to 14. Heâ€™d tell us stories about his Western Union days, and wearing down three different bicycles while working for the company. His bicycle of choice was a Pierce-Arrow which was outfitted with a shaft drive instead of a chain.
Dear biking Brooklynites and velo-visitors,
Brooklyn Love Your Lane Ride
Date: Sunday, April 4th, 2010
Time: 2:00 PM
Location: Brooklyn entrance of Williamsburg Bridge bike path.
Summary: Love it or Lose it! Bike to visit the good, the bad and the ugly bike lanes of Brooklyn.
Details: Love ’em and use ’em before they go the way of the Bedford Ave. lane doom!
Join me as I lead this ride tomorrow, hauling the newly overhauled sound-system for a maximum musical mass ride! It is going to a beautiful Spring day and we can celebrate the new life that comes from effective bike infrastructure. Let’s claim our space on the roads and see where we need the city to step up efforts to make every new bicyclist’s ride easier and safer! Definitely expect to spend a few hours cruising Brooklyn with the tunes!
Well we are writing a book:
Along with award winning fiction writer Marci Blackman and amazing bike culture photographer Ed Glazar we are writing the definitive guide to biking in NYC. Due to be released in April 2011 by Skyhorse Publishing. We are calling it: “The insider’s guide to biking in the City no urban cyclist will ever want to be without.”
We’d love you support to build up a fan base and follow along on our progress.
There is a photo contest to celebrate an upcoming alleycat race in Seattle. Swift Industries along with Cetma present the Porteur to People contest.
To enter, take a photo of your bike highlighting your need for a Cetma cargo rack, submit it and win. More details visit the contest page.
This is being coordinated with the upcoming, April 3rd-Third Annual Resurection Pre-Easter Alleycat race. (in Seattle)
From the Go Means Go site: Itâ€™s time once again to get mildly sacri-licious! For the third year in a row weâ€™ll be celebrating the Saturday before Easter doing what we do best (no, not that). Letâ€™s just hope you didnâ€™t give up bikes, beers, or fun for lent.
$5 to race. Registration starts at 2pm in Cal Anderson Park. The race will start at 3pm sharp. Itâ€™s probably a good idea to have a bag, a pen and a lock with you for this and all alleycat races. And wear a helmet. Weâ€™re all out of miracles, head injuries suck, and tickets arenâ€™t that fun either.”
NY Bike Jumble Unearths Lost History of New York’s Last Bicycle Racing Track
Strong Backs and Weak Minds: The Saga of the Coney Island Velodrome
New Yorkâ€™s Last Commercial Bicycle Racing Venue, 1930 -1955
BROOKLYN, NY. NY Bike Jumble, New York’s premier organization dedicated to the preservation and continuance of cycling culture across the five boroughs, and The Old Stone House, a vibrant community center dedicated to the history of Brooklyn, announce the opening of â€˜Strong Backs, Weak Minds: The Saga of the Coney Island Velodromeâ€™, a new exhibit detailing the history of New York’s last commercial velodrome in Coney Island.
The Coney Island Velodrome opened on July 19, 1930, as the world slipped toward the Great Depression and war. Already, the popularity of cycling, having peaked in the early 1920â€™s, was waning and the construction of a 10,000 seat bicycle racing arena was an act of supreme optimism. Regardless, the track became the last velodrome in America offering the thrills and chills of motor-paced racing, where riders raced behind motorcycles to attain speeds in excess of 50 miles per hour. Many of the people who became instrumental in promoting cycling in New York in subsequent years cut their teeth on this track, and the Coney Island Velodrome was the last time in the city’s history where cycling was a indispensable part of daily life.
Until today. As cycling has made an incredible comeback, this exhibition connects the past with the present, reminding New Yorkers that cycling has always been a fixture of our urban fabric.
The exhibit features bikes that were raced on the track, as well as photos, programs, tickets and other ephemera, including a special â€˜Stayerâ€™ bike for motor-paced racing and New York-built track bikes from long-forgotten builders. This is the first exhibit to focus on this recreational and entertainment venue that was integral to the lives of thousands of New Yorkers. “At one point, New York had multiple velodromes that drew ten of thousands of spectators,” says NY Bike Jumble Founder and curator Harry Schwartzman. “Cyclists today are not recent additions to the public consciousness, but are continuing a rich tradition within New York City’s history.”
The exhibition, which runs through June 30th is open to the public, with a suggested $3 donation to The Old Stone House.
Thursday, April 8 – 7:00pm
The Old Stone House
336 3rd Street (at 5th Avenue)
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Sundays, 11 am to 4 pm/call or check www.theoldstonehouse.org for additional public hours.
ABOUT THE NEW YORK BIKE JUMBLE
The New York Bike Jumble is a celebration of the influence New York City continues to have on cycling. From original programming to curating a market for novice and experienced cyclists, the Jumble aims to make cycling a permanent part of New York City. Please visit www.nybikejumble.com for more information.
ABOUT THE OLD STONE HOUSE
The Old Stone House is a modern reconstruction of the Vechte-Cortelyou House, a 1699 Dutch stone farmhouse with important ties to American history. Located in Washington Park/JJ Byrne Playground, the Old Stone House is a historic interpretive center dedicated to its crucial role in the American Revolution and in the evolving histories of Brooklyn, New York and the United States, as well as an active community cultural site and presenting organization. For more information visit www.theoldstonehouse.org
From Tone: “This is the 3rd alleycat from Dagga and StonyTone. There’s really no explaining, so just show up and support the NYC bicycling community.
Start: Tompkins Sq. Park
Finish: Tompkins Sq. Park
***$5 to race