New forum for bicycle messengers
25.03.09 by Buffalo Bill
Cassandra has made a new online forum for cycle couriers. The url is http://www.cyclecourier.org/vanilla. I find it quite hard to keep up with all the various fora. I only regularly post to Londonfgss these days, and very occasionally to messenger mailing list, and, of course, the Moving Target forum, which is getting busier all the time.
I also find very large fora tiresome, as one generally finds that people use the anonymity as a cloak that allows them to post unfunny, unhelpful and, occasionally, incredibly rude messages, the like of which my life is too short to waste my time even consciously skipping. That is in the nature of the internet – it’s very very public.
On the other hand, online stuff is a great way to pass the time if you are stuck indoors with time to kill. But they are no substitute for riding a bike. The great strength of the web is that it makes it easy to get the word out about stuff that has happened (like riders getting hurt) or stuff that is going to happen (like fund-raising events for riders that have been hurt).
Before the interweb became popular, we had to do it all by flier, fax and phone-calls. This was time and money consuming, but I kind of miss the personal touch – if I was helping to organise an event, I felt that I had to put a flier in the hand of every single messenger in London, personally invite them all. Which led to engagement, and that engagement broke down barriers, and helped to create connections. Now all I do is post to the blog.Bike courier mashup thing