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1970-1990

City Council Won't Curb Bicycle Messengers - For Now - Chicago Tribune, September 12, 1990

Bicyclist Battles Odds To Do Job, Have Fun - Newsday, August 9, 1999

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

Nerves of steel, tires, rubber - Philadelphia Inquirer, June 28, 1990

Son's death stirs safety awareness - Boston Globe, Monday, May 28, 1990

I Was A New York City Bike Messenger - Bicycling Magazine, March 1990.

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

Biking Madness - Boston Globe, July 25, 1989

Hope Amid the Spokes and Wheels - Washington Post, February 17, 1989

Basic bicyclist training - Boston Globe, January 30, 1989

Bike couriers, skateboarders topic for panel - Boston Globe, January 20, 1989

His Fault, But She Rhymes With Witch - Washington Post, December 27, 1988

Putting on the brakes - Boston Globe, December 10, 1988

Business Cycle - OUR TIMES, December 1988.

Fatality delivers message - Boston Globe, November 27, 1988

Cop Pleads In Beating - Newsday, October 30, 1988

Sent to Toronto, Reid went for the cycle- Boston Globe, October 9, 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.

Couriers Peddling Promptness - Washington Post, Semptember 5, 1988

Couriers Say They Fall into Two Basic Groups Vets and Summer Jocks - Washington Post, Semptember 5, 1988

The Messenger Business: Far More Than Bikes Now - New York Times, August 16, 1988

Bike Messenger Progress(!) - Washington Post, August 5, 1988

Bicycle Couriers Will Have To Pass Vancouver Tests - Toronto Star, July 5, 1988

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

Pedal Power Makes Courier Alan Oates a Big Wheel - Houston Post, June 26, 1988

Blaming the Messenger- Washington Post, June 23, 1988

Meese Ends Ban on Uncomplimentary Shirt- Washington Post, June 24, 1988

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

Bicycle Grief- Washington Post, February 21, 1988

Bike Messenger Watch, Yes More - Washington Post, December 15, 1987

Bike Messenger was killed in Boston - Boston Globe, December 12, 1987

Care bicycle messenger is killed by hit-run driver - Boston Globe, December 11, 1987

Second Bicyclist Ban Proposed for Midtown - Newsday, December 8, 1987

Cyclists are fast, N.Y. ban is not - Miami Herald, November 19, 1987

We Don't Need to Ban All Bicyclists -Washington Post, November 9, 1987

Messengers - What Would We Do Without Them - Washington Post, November 2, 1987

Bike Messenger Watch More Horrors - Washington Post, October 27, 1987

Letters: Two-Wheeler Menace - Time Magazine, October 26, 1987

The pedal express - Philadelphia Inquirer, October 13, 1987

The Rewards and Losses of Being a Bicycle Courier - Vancouver, October 6, 1987

Scaring the Public to Death - Time Magazine, October 5, 1987

Ban angers  NYC riders - Boston Globe, September 11, 1987

Judge Voids Ban on Bicycles On 3 Avenues - New York Times, September 10, 1987

Bike Messengers: Life in the Tight Lane - New York Times, September 4, 1987

Do the Messengers Own Their Bikes? - Washington Post, September 4, 1987:

N.Y. Judge blocks ban on bicycles - Boston Globe, September 1, 1987

Midtown Ban Postponed; Bicyclists Claim a Victory - Newsday, September 1, 1987

Ban on Bikes Could Bring More Mopeds - New York Times, August 27, 1987

Manhattan's bicycle crackdown miffs messengers - Globe and Mail, August 26, 1987

Help Wanted - Bike Messengers - Cyclist, August, 1987

Bikers Plan Slowdown - Newsday, August 12, 1987

Bike Ban Isn't Fair - Newsday, August 6, 1987

Is the City  . . . - Newsday, August 6, 1987

Respect Rides A 2-Way Street - Newsday, July 28,1987

Riding Their Wheels Of Fortune - Newsday, July 27, 1987

Messengers Pedal to Protest  - Newsday, July 25, 1987

City Says 3 Midtown Streets Will Be Off-Limits to Bikes - Newsday, July 23, 1987

New York to Ban Bicycles on 3 Major Avenues - New York Times, July 23, 1987

Couriers Dislike Message - Newsday, July 23, 1987

For Manhattan Couriers, Brakeless Bikes Are The Way to Go - New York Times, June 14, 1987

Wild In The Streets - Women's Sports & Fitness, May, 1987

Proposed Midtown Bike Ban Dropped  - Newsday, April 13, 1987

These Streets Were Not Made for Walking - Newsday, February 10, 1987

Road Warriors - Vancouver Sun, 1987

A Novice Bike Messenger Tests His Stamina and Nerve in City Traffic - Sports Illustrated, December 12, 1986

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

The perils of pedaling - Boston Globe, September 14, 1986

New Target for Police: Bicycle Messengers - New York Times, August 20, 1986

Slowly, Surely, a Bulb Lights Up - Newsday, August 14, 1986

City's Courier Companies Rush to Beat Competition - Newsday, July 14,1986

Fashions that carry a message - Philadelphia Daily News, July 9, 1986

The nerd's ideal: a bike messsenger - Philadelphia Inquirer, July 6, 1986

Bike Couriers Love That Halifax Traffic - Halifax Chronicle Herald, June 17, 1986

Couriers: a life in the fast lane - Philadelhpia Inquirer, June 13, 1986

Bicycle courier killed in accident - Boston Globe, April 4, 1986

Bus-Bike Furor: Driver Suspended - Newsday, February 22, 1986

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

They are spokes men pedaling to nowhere - Miami Herald, February 21, 1986

Bacon's double takes - Newsday, February 20, 1986

Fast Company - New York Magazine, January 13, 1986

For the Bicycle Messenger, No Roadbed of Roses - New York Times, November 10, 1985

One Man's Art: Bags for Messengers - New York Times, August 4, 1985

Ten Speed Express - Vancouver Sun, June 24, 1985

Cruising the roads on a metal steed - Boston Globe, June 18, 1985

The Uneasiest Riders - Newsweek, 1985

Cycle Couriers Defend The Kamikaze Life - Sydney Morning Herald, 19??

"Road Warriors & Road Worriers" - Processed World, 15 Dec 85

Koch Approves Bill Regulating Bicycle Messengers - New York Times, July 7, 1984

Blowing Whistles - New York Times, July 3, 1984

"Get Hot!" - Processed World, Jun 83

"Poetry in motion" - Processed World, Jun 83

Red Light for Reckless Bikes - New York Times, December 9, 1983

Fastest Is Best as Messengers Pedal in Pursuit of a $100 Day - New York Times, December 2, 1983

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

Mercury on 2 Wheels - New York Times, August 4, 1976



Undated:


"Get in the way of these kamikaze bikers..." - People Magazine, sometime in the late 70s/early 80s

"signature on line 16, please..." - Outside Online

"Life as a Cycle Courier" - Gearhead Mountainbike Cyberzine

"Pushing the envelope" - Visual Cont@ct

"Adventures of a Bike Messenger" - discussions.net

 


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