Bike Messengers

Bicycle messengers (also known as bike or cycle couriers) are people who work for courier companies (also known as messenger companies) carrying and delivering items by bicycle. Bicycle messengers are most often found in the central business districts of metropolitan areas. Courier companies use bike messengers because bicycle travel is less subject to unexpected holdups in city traffic jams, and is not deterred by parking limitations, fees or fines in high density development that can hinder or prevent delivery by motor vehicle, thereby offering a predictable delivery time.

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Git yer BMEF swag now!

Its just what you’ve all been waiting for! Now you can sport your very own BMEF hoodie, cycling cap and tshirt! Patches, pins and stickers also available.  Better pics coming soon but for now you can see some here.

Hoodies $45

Tshirts $20

Caps $15

Patches $10

Stickers $2

Pins $1

Email leah@bicyclemessenger.org to place your order.

**Cycling jerseys coming soon!!**

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MAYDAY 5

The first weekend in May 2014 marks the 5th anniversary of MAYDAY in Toronto. This event began as a small fundraiser for the BMEF (Bicycle Messenger Emergency Fund) and quickly grew into the largest single supporter of the BMEF.  As a direct result of the money raised at MAYDAY, the BMEF was able to raise the amount of assistance paid out to an injured messenger from $300 to $500. To date MAYDAY has raised over $14,000 for the fund and hopes to surpass the $20,000 mark this year!

The organizers have gathered together thousands of dollars in prizes from some really amazing sponsors (AllCity, Abus, Bern, Bikurious, Cogswell Bicycles, Coupe Bizzare, Cycle Solutions, Detroit Bikes, Hoopdriver, Knog, LaBicicletta, My Little Bike Shop, Nice Rack, Passage Tattoo, Regal Bicycle, SendIt, Sweet Petes, The Bike Joint, Trash Bags, UML, Vans, Velocity, and more!) Most of those prizes are to be raffled off in the new format raffle this year! There are great parties each night, lots of delicious food  and the best part is that the whole weekend is a fundraiser so you can still feel good about yourself on monday morning when you wake up with no underwear, a drawing of a penis on your forehead and no money in your pockets….because hey, it was all for charity!

If you’re coming in from out of town there are crash spots available! Just message us on the fb group or email leahhollinsworth@gmail.com

For more info you can check out the Facebook event here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/649322915104108/?fref=ts

And to donate directly to the BMEF please click here 

SEE YOU SOON!!

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Markus Cook Memorial Award

The International Federation of Bike Messenger Associations (IFBMA) is pleased to announce that Toronto bike messenger Leah Hollinsworth has been awarded the 2013 “Markus Cook Memorial Award” (MCA) for Services to the International Messenger Community.

The IFBMA has awarded the Markus Cook Award (MCA) since 1998 to the person who has inspired and empowered the wider messenger community, and who puts all messengers before themselves.

the following people have contributed their skills to the creation of the MCA trophy:      Simon "Horse" Firth, Bilenkey Cycles, Philadelphia - found the bits around the shop to make the trophy to begin with, did the welding and had it chromed.      Jonathan Schechtman, Meeting House Furniture Restoration, Vermont - Turned and stained the mahogany (sustainably harvested!) base.      Jason Cohn, EGO Services, SF - engraved the first 4 name plates for the base.      Mike Ritchey, Lo-Fi Customs, SF - welded the base plate on so that the trophy could be mounted to the base.

the following people have contributed their skills to the creation of the MCA trophy: Simon “Horse” Firth, Bilenkey Cycles, Philadelphia – found the bits around the shop to make the trophy to begin with, did the welding and had it chromed. Jonathan Schechtman, Meeting House Furniture Restoration, Vermont – Turned and stained the mahogany (sustainably harvested!) base. Jason Cohn, EGO Services, SF – engraved the first 4 name plates for the base. Mike Ritchey, Lo-Fi Customs, SF – welded the base plate on so that the trophy could be mounted to the base.

Leah is the fifth Toronto messenger to receive the Markus Cook Award. Leah has been an important member of the messenger community for almost fifteen years. She is a community builder, race organizer and dedicated fundraiser. She works with a team of Toronto couriers to organize holiday Christmas dinners and local fundraisers to send messengers to world championships in far away cities. She has organized legendary races such Global Gutz and the 2008 Cycle Messenger World Championships.

Perhaps Leah’s greatest contribution is as the Director of the Bicycle Messenger Emergency Fund (BMEF): “The Bicycle Messenger Emergency Fund is a 501 c3 nonprofit public charity organization that provides emergency compensation to bicycle messengers who are hurt on the job. Currently the BMEF allocates a $500 emergency cheque to help messengers anywhere in the world during the first week of injury. This provides a boost, to both the financial and the mental/emotional state of the injured messenger. The goal is to help the injured cope and recover.” The BMEF help messengers anywhere in the world and is entirely funded by donations.

In addition to serving as the director, Leah is also one of the BMEF’s largest fundraisers. Working closely with other Toronto messengers she is one of the organizers of the MAYDAY! a messenger race and BMEF fundraiser weekend. MAYDAY has raised over $14,000 for the Bicycle Messenger Emergency Fund over the last four years.

In his nomination for Leah, veteran Toronto messenger Jim McCarthy succinctly summed up her contributions to the BMEF and the messenger community stating “Leah has selflessly given her time and effort to this cause which is to the equal and unprejudiced benefit of every courier in the whole gawddamn world. “

Congrats, Leah!

 

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CMWC MEXICO CITY IS JUST AROUND THE CORNER!!

cmwc, mexico, cycle, messenger, world, championships, courierCMWC 2014 is taking place in Mexico City on May 28- June 2.  There is a pre-event happening in Guadalajara on May 23-26 and a group ride after to CMWC.  Registration is open so scrape together some pesos and get your tickets and register!

All the info here….  http://mexicocmwc.com/

And like them on fb here…  https://www.facebook.com/groups/168155046578365/?ref=ts&fref=ts

 

See you there!!

 

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CMWC 2013

CMWC 2013, messenger, world, championshipsLausanne is situated on the shore of the Geneva Lake in the Vaud state, Switzerland.
The city of Lausanne is well known for its hills that makes some streets legendary. Streets such as Petit-Chêne, Valentin, and Grey scare all cycling enthusiasts.

The city is built on three hills above the lake. Three bridges and a tunnel makes the ups and downs a little easier: Pont Bessière and its subway, Grand-Pont and its arches, Pont Chauderon and its view to the Jura mountains and finally the Tunnel’s unique architecture that earn its name a capital letter.

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Register here

http://cmwc13.com/en/inscription/

 

 

 

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Chicago cmwcSo CMWC Chicago results
For more information go to their site here

http://www.chicagocmwc.com/results.php

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Final Results

Overall Speed (Messenger):
Craig Etheridge and Josephine Reitzel

International Speed Champion:Kosuke Shimosaka (Tokyo)

Track King: Crihs Thormann
Track Queen: Sarah Murder

Top Non-Messengers: Hans Fogh and Kym Perfetto

Cargo: Hans Fogh

Trackstands: Anita Dilles and Mike Cobb
Sprints: Jack Linquist and Jenna Makgill
Skids: Alex Faroletti and Sarah Murder
Footdown: Scott Free

Raddest Dude/ette: Kayla Dotson and Nick G
Raddest Dude/ette Internationally: Josephine/Raf
Biggest Wiener: SK
Most Professional: Lane Dell
DFL: Joshua Whitesnake

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CMWC 2011 WARSAW POLAND

Warsaw Car Killers Foundation of Couriers has been set up in order to organise the CMWC 2011. It is a non-profit organisation of messengers supported by bicycle and urban culture enthusiasts. Many of us who are involved in the realisation of the event took part in organising the ECMC 2004, which was also held in Warsaw.

www.warsawcarkillers.com

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ECMC 2011 MADRID SPAIN

Si puedes echar una mano durante los días del campeonato, por favor ponte en contacto con nosotras en voluntariosecmc2011@gmail.com

Dinos tu nombre, teléfono, email y días en los que puedes venir. ¡Gracias!

If you are coming from abroad, please register yourself using the registration form on this site!

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NACCC Austin Texas

Austin has been named the host city for the 2011 North American Cycle Courier Championships (NACCC) and we need your help putting on this world class event. Each year the bike messengers of the host city are responsible for organizing and funding NACCC. Sponsorships are needed to offset costs associated with city street closures, traffic enforcement and event promotion.

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