Toronto Bike Messenger Association
TOBMA


 

 

 

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Toronto Messengers - Article Archives
From 1895- Present


Hoof&Cycle - Active Transport Workers' Guild is now the Toronto Bike Messenger Association (TOBMA)

TOBMA's website is coming soon at:

 

http://www.tobma.com/


 

TOBMA monthly meetings:

 

Every 2nd or 3rd Thursday of the month.
From 6:00pm to 8:00pm
25 Cecil St.
All current and former couriers are welcome

 

 






2005


Solidariity Forever - Globe & Mail, September 17, 2005

Sweatshop on wheels - Now Magazine, August 25, 2005

This job could kill - NOW Magazine, July 21, 2005

Hometown Hero Award - Earth Day Canada, July 2005


Couriers honour mentor - Toronto Star, June 18, 2005


Jeremy Hinzman Leads Way for US War Resisters in Canada - AxisofLogic.com,  April 20, 2005

Strike could help bike couriers as it hinders - Toronto Star, April 9, 2005

Public sector still spinning its wheels - Toronto Star, March 27, 2005

Big wheel peddles his mettle - Toronto Star, March 20, 2005

Ideals on Wheels - Toronto Star, March 20, 2005

Couriers get tax cut - Montreal Mirror, March 17, 2005

Ice riders saddle up for a Tour de Chance - Globe and Mail, February 12, 2005


2004

Two wheels and the city's yours - Toronto Star, July 26, 2004


Small blessings when life takes a wrong turn - Toronto Star, June 18, 2004


Bike couriers unimpressed with safety effort - Toronto Star, June 8, 2004


Running reds and killing peds: The lexicon of bicycle messengers - English Today, April 2004
 

2003


Cyclists share T.O. drivers' discontent - Toronto Sun, 27 Oct 03

Interview w/ Wayne Scott - CBC Radio, 09 Oct 03


Courier saluted for pedal power - Toronto Star, 09 Oct 03


2002


"Eyes on the Prize" - Eye Magazine, 28 Nov 02


"Courier casualties" - Montreal Mirror, 26 Sep 02


2001


"Riding for a reason" - Calgary Sun, 14 Dec 01


"The word on the street is ... chic bags: Send a practical, stylish message with these hip courier bags" - Ottawa Citizen, 01 Nov 01


"Profile: Increased security at government buildings in Washington causing hardships for courier services" - NPR, 04 Nov 01


"Film festival launch flexes its global reach" - Vancouver Sun, 27 Sep 01


"Courier Has Busman's Holiday at Races" - London Free Press, 17 Aug 01


"Companion:Making the streets cycle friendly" - Kingston Whig-Standard, 04 Aug


A two-wheel local crusader takes on GM - Toronto Star, May 26, 2001


"Niagara cop acquitted of assaulting Hamilton bike courier" - Hamilton Spectator, 09 Feb 01


"Witness says Niagara officer was the one attacked by courier" - Hamilton Spectator, 08 Feb 01


"Policeman acquitted of road rage attack" - Toronto Star, 08 Feb 01


"Policeman's version of assault gets boost" - Toronto Star, 07 Feb 01


"Officer turns tables in road rage trial" - Toronto Star, 07 Feb 01


"Accused Refutes Witness Testimony" - Hamilton Spectator, 07 Feb 01


"Cop claims bike courier swung lock" - Niagara Review, 07 Feb 01


"NRP officer on trial for road rage" - Niagara Review, 06 Feb 01


"Rush-hour scrap 'road rage'" - Hamilton Spectator, 06 Feb 01


2000


"Don't kill the messengers" - National Post, 22 Nov 00


"Portrait of a Tooker Gomberg disciple" - Toronto Observer, 10 Nov 00


Bicycles are Advertising's New Vehicle - Toronto Star, August 31, 2000


"Ordeal by gridlock" - Toronto Star, 07 Feb 00


"Ottawa giveth, taketh away" - Toronto Star, 31 Jan 00

 

1999


"Courier wears out socks and columnist" - National Post, 09 Nov 99


"Different spokes for different folks" - Globe and Mail, 30 Oct 99


Risky Business bred on the need for speed- National Post, 29 Oct 99


Days Numbered - Financial Post (e-exchange), Oct 99


Results at speed - Bike Culture Quartely #18, Summer 1999


"Don't Shoot the Messenger" - Out Front, 12 Aug 99 (RealAudio)


A bouncer at the gates: Letter of the day - Toronto Sun, 23 Jul 99


Outta my way, you...motorists! -Toronto Sun, 16 Apr 99


"Bike couriers courted by postal union" - Eye Weekly, 08 Apr 99


"A courier's unusual tax break" - The National Post, 09 Mar 99



1998


"People: Up to speed in a racy role" - MacLean's Magazine, 07 Dec 98


"Don't call couriers lunatics, ad watchdog tells automaker" - Now Magazine,19-25 Nov 98


"People in the forefront" - East York Times, 12 Nov 98


"Speed Demons" - Toronto Star, 10 Nov 98


"Toronto's wild riders get a hearty 'thanks'" - Toronto Star, 10 Oct 98


"Oat Bars for Everyone!" - Toronto Sun, 07 Oct 98


"Resurrection on wheels - Bike couriers do Jesus Christ Superstar" - Eye, 24 Sep 98


"Newsfront - Food is Fuel" - See Magazine, 06 Aug 98


"Food is Fuel For Foot Courier, Court Rules" - Toronto Sun, 25 Jul 98


"Dunhill may rethink targeted sponsorship" - Marketing Magazine, 05 May 98


Tiessen Award for Cycling Advocacy - Cyclometer #64, May 1998


"Ticket to ride - a day in the life of a bike courier" - Go, 23 Apr 98


"Niagara Cop Charged in Road Rage Incident" - The Review, 13 Apr 98


"How I became a crazy courier" - eye Magazine, 02 Apr 98


"Handy Bike-Courier Answers to Stupid Questions" - Now Magazine, Spring Guide, Apr 98


"The Bicycle brief" - Canadian Business Magazine, 13 Mar 98


"Human Roller Coaster" - Bicycling, Mar 98


"Courier girl rides to her own tune" - Humber Et Cetera, 26 Feb 98


"Wheel Power" - Montreal Gazette, 12 Jan 98

 

1997


"Pedal Pusher Peeved" - Toronto Sun, 06 Sep 97


Alan Wayne Scott Interview - Canada AM,14 Aug 97


"Bike Courier Sideswiped by Car-biased Tax Law" - Now Magazine, 07 Aug 97


"Alleycat Couriers" - The Atlantic Monthly, Jul 97


"Courier culture: Life in the fast lane"- Toronto Star, 10 Apr 97


Hilda Tiessen - Cyclometer #59, February 1997


"Courier Dangers At Metro Hall" - Now Magazine, 02 Jan 97


"Special Delivery - The allure of Bike Couriers" - CAN SAY, Jan 97

 

1996


"She Peddles Her Music Then Pedals for Fun" - Beach Town Crier Toronto, Sep 96


"Ease on down the road" - Toronto Life, Mar 96


Wheels of fortune - Toronto Star, January 27, 1996

 

1995


CMWC Toronto 1995 - Hey Tony, Winter 1995


Red Nic- Toronto Life, August, 1995


Courier Couture - The Toronto Star, August 17, 1995


Putting Pedal to the Mettle - Washington Post, August 14, 1995


Bike Courier Beats - August 10, 1995


Courier culture puts pedal to the medal - Toronto Star, August 10, 1995


Meals On Wheels - Toronto Star, August 9, 1995


Cycling demons - Toronto Star, August 6, 1995


Welcome aboard  - St. Louis Post-Dispatch, July 29, 1995


Urban Road Warriors - Onset Magazine, June/July 1995


Couriers Out in the Cold - eye Magazine, June 29, 1995


Speed Freaks - TransMission, Spring/Summer 95


How Bicycle Couriers Survive in the Urban Jungle - Financial Post, March 11/13, 1995


German wins 1995 Bicycle Messenger World Championship - Velolinq


1994


'Door prize' is no reward for bikers - Toronto Star, Saturday, December 24, 1994


Heroes on home ground  - Macleans's Magazine, July 1, 1994, Vol. 109


Bicycle couriers singled out - Toronto Star, February 20, 1994

 

1993


World's top bicycle couriers to compete - Toronto Star, July 23, 1993


Courier Clique Owns the Streets - Globe and Mail, 29 Jun 93


Bicycle Couriers in Love With Life on the Mean Streets - Toronto Star, Mar 93

 

1992


"Two-wheel Messengers Deliver Goods in All Kinds of Weather, Traffic" - Winnipeg Free Press, 25 May 92


Couriers Rate the Best in Bikes - Toronto Star, May 10, 1992

 

1991


Urban bush pilots - Toronto Star, December 28, 1991


Motorist who stalked cyclist charged after confrontation - Toronto Star, March 13, 1991


 

1970 -1990


War of Wheels Boiling Over as Bike Couriers Vie With Cars - Toronto Star, July 15,1990


Must License Bike Couriers Metro Told - Toronto Star, February 21, 1990


Business Cycle - OUR TIMES, December 1988.


Ex- Bruin Reid Hopes to Deliver for the Leafs - Toronto Star, September 12, 1988


Life in the Curb Lane - Report on Business Magazine, September 1988.


Courier's life a two-wheel jungle - Toronto Star, July 21, 1988


Life in the fast lane - Toronto Star, Tuesday, May 24, 1988


Toronto's 85 Bicycle Couriers Have Skills to Outrace Danger - Toronto Star, 1986


Wheeler-dealer finds happiness on his 10-speed - Toronto Star, Monday, February 17, 1986


Rain, Shine or Snow (or Postal Strike), Bike Couriers Pedal On - Toronto Star, July 2, 1981

Bay Window - Toronto Star, November 19, 1980

Bike Courier Idea Pedalled Into Business - Toronto Star, October 14, 1980

Wheeler Dealers - Toronto Star, May 25, 1980

Larry Solway’s Open Line - Toronto Star, May 11, 1980

Peddling Their Services: cut-rate bike couriers - Toronto Star, June 2, 1979


1969 and earlier:


Cycling Champion Bob McLeod Dies - Toronto Star, July 3, 1958


Smashed Glass Gives Clue in Highway Hit-Run Death - Toronto Star, December 26, 1940


A Cyclist’s View - Toronto Star, June 9, 1938

Fine Tribute to Dead Messenger - Toronto Star, May 27, 1938

Messenger Boy Dies of Collision Hurts - Toronto Star, April 22, 1938

Toronto Messenger Boys’ Association Plan to Petition Hepburn for Protection - Toronto Star, October 13, 1937

Two Telegraph Bike Messengers Named to Olympic Team - Toronto Star, June 29, 1936

Bob McLeod Shows Class in Olympic Bike Trials - Toronto Star, June 27, 1936

Crompton Sets Pace in the 1,000 Metres Olympic Time Trial - Toronto Star, June 26, 1936

Young Driver Sobs Gets Four Months - Toronto Star, February 13, 1935

Insists He Stopped Before He Hit Cycle - Toronto Star, February 12, 1935

Crown Claims Driver Caused Man’s Death - Toronto Star, February 11, 1935

Two Killed This Month - Toronto Star, January 30, 1935

Dead Cyclist Identified as Wesley McLean, Age 21 - Toronto Star, November 24, 1934

Driver is Arrested as Messenger Dies - Toronto Star, October 17, 1934

Boys “Bear” Bob McLeod in Triumph on Shoulders - Toronto Star, August 25, 1934

McLeod is “Chaired” - Toronto Star, August 25, 1934

McLeod’s Rise to Top Epic of Cycling Game - Toronto Star, August 15, 1934

Canada’s Unexpected Wins Capped By McLeod’s Ride - Toronto Star, August 13, 1934

With Pick and Shovel - Toronto Star, August 13, 1934

Bike Race Program is a Great Success - Toronto Star, August 28, 1933

Eleven Children Die Beneath Auto Wheels - Toronto Star, June 9, 1927

Two Telegraph Messenger Boys Bicycle From Toronto to Montreal - Toronto Star, June 3, 1926

Motorman Not Blamed for Cyclist’s Death - Toronto Star, July 24, 1920

And It Is Enough - Toronto Star, August 18, 1911

The Fun And Troubles of Toronto Messengers - Toronto Star, September 15, 1906

Plea For Boys in Large Cities - Toronto Star, August 13, 1904

Belz Leaped the Gap - Toronto Star, July 13, 1904

Messengers Get A Move On - Toronto Star, July 7,1903
 

C.P.R Messengers’ Races - Toronto Star, June 30, 1903

C.P.R. Messenger Races - Toronto Star, August 26, 1902


Lively Boys On the “Go” Always - Toronto Star, August 2, 1902


Messenger Attacked - Toronto Star, September 4, 1900


Messenger Races - Toronto Star, June 4,1896

Bicycle Briefs - Toronto Star, July 13, 1895

 

Undated:

"Life as a Cycle Courier" - Gearhead Mountainbike Cyberzine

"Bike Courier Beats"
- eye.net

List of Toronto Courier Companies

 

 

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