Bicycle couriers bring unique service to
Friends turn love for
riding into alternative delivery business
The Idaho Statesman, August 18, 2005
By Melissa McGrath
Chris Scuglia and Patrick Sweeney recently started Northstar Cycle
Courier, which they say is the only bicycle courier company in Boise.
The two men met 11 years ago when they both worked as bike messengers
in San Francisco. The friends lost contact after each moved away from
the Bay area, but they reunited in Boise about a year ago.
Unknowingly, the two friends had both moved to Boise at different times
in the past two years. They ran into each other one day at a gas
station on Bogus Basin Road.
After talking, both realized how much they missed riding their bikes
and decided to start the bicycle courier service.
Why does Boise need
With the increasing cost of fuel and the effects of vehicle emissions
on the valley's air quality, Boise is overdue for an alternative method
And for deliveries within Boise, especially downtown, a bicycle is
quicker and more efficient than a van.
What kind of items do you
We deliver pretty much anything within reason. Legal filings and copy
work, X-rays, blueprints and design artwork, to name a few. We're also
a mobile notary service.
Who gives you the most
trouble: pedestrians or motorists? And why?
Folks in Boise seem to be fairly aware of cyclists so we have yet to
make that distinction. From our experience riding in bigger cities,
we'd have to say the jay-walking, cell phone-talking pedestrians were
the most troublesome.
What's the most dangerous
thing about being a bicycle courier?
Well, probably the most dangerous thing would have to be an encounter
with a bus.
Yeah, an auto-cyclist collision would have to take the cake.
What would surprise people
to know about you?
People might find it surprising that we both ride track bikes. They are
fixed-gear, one-speed bikes with no brakes.