In Praise of Bicycle Messengers
12.02.07 by Buffalo Bill
As some of you know, and some others might have guessed, in my post-messenger life I am a controller at a London courier company. Which one is not important, but it’s not the biggest but not the smallest either.
Last week proper snow fell on London. Unsuprisingly, only 10% of our motorbike fleet showed for work. I am not sure that I would even try to come out to work, especially if I lived right out in the sticks, as most of our motor-bike riders do, if there was 5 cms of snow on the ground. For most of our motor-bike, it wasn’t even an option.
However, most of our pedal-bike riders live in town, and they all came to work, despite the snow and the cold, and weren’t put off by the snow that fell thickly all morning. And I was glad they did. If they hadn’t, we wouldn’t have been able to do any work at all. As it was, most of them made £100+. They were running from the Isle of Dogs in the east to Chiswick in the west (sorry, Kieran!) and from Clapham in the south to Kentish Town in the north.
Big runs, multiple dockets, motor-bike distances. Thank god for pedal-bike riders and their unquenchable work ethic. My earnest respect and admiration is due.