Messenger Appreciation Day

October 9, 1997

Bicycle messengers are a common sight on downtown streets.In Toronto, more than 500 messengers are employed by more than 50 couriercompanies, and they make an estimated 1.2 million deliveries each year.As a result, approximately 2500 fewer vehicles travel in the downtown core.

Using bicycles as transportation helps to alleviate problemscaused by pollution, congestion and gridlock faced by Toronto and otherlarge urban centres around the world. Bike messengers help reduce carbondioxide emmissions, take up less space on our streets than motor vehicles,and provide an efficient, fast and cost effective service.

On behalf of the Councils of the City of Toronto and theMunicipality of Metropolitan Toronto, it is our pleasure to show appreciationfor a profession that recognizes the bicycle as a viable form of transportationand promotes safety for all road users. In recognition of the contributionmade by bicycle messengers we proclaim October 9, 1997 as MessengerAppreciation Day.


City of Toronto


Municipality of

Metropolitan Toronto

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