WHAT THE COURIERS HAVE TO SAY

Column: CLOSE TO HOME

Washington Post, May 17, 1987

I see no reason to regulate bicycle couriers, because all of our clientsare private. It's not like taxis. With the hack commission, you're dealingwith the public. Couriers don't really have anything to do with the citygovernment.

Basically, the bicycle advisory board is trying to make money. I don'tthink a bicycle safety class would serve any purpose. I don't see whatthe curriculum would be. There ought to be more law enforcement, and thepolice should ticket more jaywalkers.

Red lights are just data systems. Lights don't hit you, cars do. --Doug Dash Regulation will slow couriers down. If it slows us down, we'llmake less money. Time is money in our line of work.

I haven't hit anyone yet. A class would be a waste of time. What aboutthe couriers' safety? What about the people who sling their car doors open?It's dangerous, but that's the risk of the game. . . . -- Kevin Price Iagree that couriers (myself included) ride dangerously at times. However,bicycle couriers are forced to ride on the sidewalks by the terroristson four wheels. If a cyclist attempts to ride in a law-abiding way in thestreets, he or she is often cut off, yelled at to get off the street orharassed by impatient drivers -- the worst offenders being cabdrivers.As a result, the bicycle courier must choose a safer route: the sidewalk.

Couriers aren't trying to terrorize the city, kill babies or injuresenior citizens. They are oppressed human beings who are trying to stayalive. . . .

If the D.C. Council plans to regulate bicycle activities, maybe it shouldalso consider regulating pedestrian traffic so that the next time a pedestrianendangers my life by crossing illegally, I'll be able to get his tag number.-- Charles Neuman


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