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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MAYDAY 5 Was a HUGE Success!!

The last cheques have come in, the coin has been rolled and counted and the grand total is finally in!

This year was the 5th annual MAYDAY race to benefit the BMEF . We were hoping to raise the most money to date and we did! We raised $7065!!! 

This brings our 5 year total funds donated to the BMEF to $20,906.84!!

A huge thank you to everyone that has made the trip to Toronto to support MAYDAY!!

Another big thanks goes to all the awesome locals that race, party, drink, provide floor space, dj equipment, food, party spaces, and anything else that our guests might need to make their weekend awesome.

A third heartfelt thanks goes to the hugely supportive sponsors who together donated over $10,000 in prizes just this year alone!

And the biggest thanks of all goes to the incredible folks that I organize this with, Emily, Mark, Kevin, Jimmy, and Sunny.  You guys and gals stepped up when needed, gave up sleep and sanity to make this happen and I look forward to doing it all again next year!

Please like our facebook page so that we can keep you in the loop on the happenings for MAYDAY 6!   Mark it on your calendars! May 1-3 2015!

~Leah

 

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Voting Process for CMWC Mexico 2014

We are trying out a new system this year at CMWC in Mexico City. There has been discussion online and this seems to be the format that everyone likes so when better to test it out then in a couple of weeks. We will be taking all feedback and using it to determine if this was a successful test run of a potentially new voting system being used going forward.

Looking forward to testing out this system. If you have any questions please contact myself, Leah H or Stephanie “Papillon”.  Or come with your questions and concerns to the first Open Forum being held from 11am-1pm at Headquarters on Friday May 29th.

See you there! 

Voting At Mexico CMWC 2014

- Bidding host cities will present their bids at the first open 
forum on Friday.
- Bidding cities may distribute informational material 
through the CMWC HQ, in registration packs, or directly to 
participants.
- Shortly after final registration closes on Saturday at the 
main race qualifying voting will open. Voting will take 
place on Saturday and Sunday at the main race and closes 
once the main race finals are over.
- To vote you must approach the polling station, located in 
the vendors market, with either your race number or other 
proof of registration.
- The volunteer at the polling station will instruct you on 
how to cast your vote. Each registered racer gets one vote 
and once it is cast you will be unable to change or modify 
it.
- The CMWC host city for 2016 will be announced at the 
prize giving on Sunday night.

Votación en México CMWC 2014

- La ciudades aspirantes a sede presentarán su propuesta en 
el primer foro abierto el Viernes.
- Las ciudades aspirantes a sede pueden distribuir material 
informativo en el CMWC HQ, en los paquetes de 
inscripción, o directamente a los participantes.
- Pronto después de cerrar la inscripción final el Sábado en 
las clasificatorias de la carrera principal, se abrirá la 
votación. La votación tendrá lugar el Sábado y Domingo 
en la carrera principal y se cerrará cuando termine la final 
de la carrera principal.
- Para votar deben ir a la caseta de votación, situada en el 
mercadillo de vendedores, con su número de corredor u 
otra prueba de inscripción.
- Los voluntarios en la caseta de votación les explicarán 
como presentar su voto. Cada corredor inscrito dispone 
de un voto y una vez presentado no podrán cambiarlo o 
modificarlo.
- La ciudad sede del CMWC para el 2016 será anunciada en 
la ceremonia de premiación del Domingo noche.

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Call out for topics of discussion at the Open Forums in Mexico City CMWC

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Hey everyone,

CMWC is just around the corner so this is a call out for any and all topics that you’d like to discuss at the open forums in Mexico City. I want to get a solid idea of what should be on the agenda this year.  This discussion is also taking place on the messenger mailing list as well as on Facebook here at the IFBMA fb group.

As points get listed and talked about on Facebook and on the mailing list I will also post them here.

TOPICS SUBMITTED SO FAR:

Steph from London has submitted this:

OPEN FORUM AGENDA CMWC MEXICO
PROPOSAL FOR A CHANGE TO THE VOTING SYSTEM OF CMWCs

I have spoken to quite a few people who feel the system is not as good as it could be.

From what i know, the issue has been brought up before and apparently, nothing has been done about it because no one was bothered to do something about it but i could be wrong and there could be other reasons.

Having the 1st open forum at the beginning of the event is fine..people just arrive, they are fresh and ready to listen..so once the agenda has been brought up and discussed, get the bidding cities to do their thing..bidding cities should have some materials that people can look at through the event so whoever wasn’t at the 1st open forum can catch up and people can look through the materials over the weekend.
The 2nd forum should ideally be on Sunday. On Monday,most people are either gone or too fucked to attend so it doesn’t make sense to vote then.
It could be argued that people who are serious about voting should arrange their trip to stay until then but the reality is that people don’t/can’t stay on Monday (especially if the CMWC is in Europe, countries are closer, people head back Sunday night/Monday morning) so we should accommodate that and have the second open forum on Sunday…
The time when the main race finals are done and before the prize giving, when people are chilling and before the big party, would be ideal to get the bidding cities on stage again and remind people it’s time to vote and give them a deadline to do so.

Depending on logistics, there could be a couple of volunteers manning a ballot box for a few hours at the end of the day so participants have plenty of time to vote. Make it simple, give your rider’s name/number, one ballot paper, write the city you’re voting for and cast your vote.
We need to make sure this is done thoroughly so have a list of all registered participants and once they have voted, cross their names.
During the prize giving, someone would be counting the votes..IFBMA council members maybe, as organisers will be fairly busy and the winning city would be announced once the prize giving is over and before the party start.

People would be told in advance (ie on the website of the next CMWC organiser if this proposal goes through) that the voting system has changed and what it involves.

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Scooter (Scott Vercoe) from Melbourne, Australia  posted the following on fb:

CMWC Voting System.

It was 10 years ago I put in a bid for Sydney and took the Worlds out of the traditional Europe/North America cycle and was on the IFBMA council. I still think the way we did it back then can’t be beat.

2 years out from the year you plan to host CMWC you put in a proposal to host the worlds. Everyone can put in a proposal. This is done at the 2nd open forum of that years CMWC.

1 year out, intending host cities’ bids are voted on. This is done at the first open forum of that year. Cities can only present a bid if they had put in a proposal the year before.

The biggest advantage of this way is that you can vote for the hosting city in the first open forum.

The first thing that happens at any committee meeting is urgent business. And if voting for host cities isn’t the urgent business of an open forum at a CMWC, I don’t what is.

This also allows for everyone to celebrate the winning city throughout the event.

Trying to vote for host cities at the 2nd open forum where everyone is bent out of shape after racing and partying doesn’t make any sense to me. In my experience, only the keen ones attend the 2nd open forum. And with this system you can have it on a Monday.

I don’t think the IFBMA can start telling host cities when they need to hold an open forum. It’s dangerous ground in mandating a schedule for a CMWC.

That’s my thoughts. I’m gonna go check that the lids on my bottles of back in my day rants haven’t shaken loose.

Keep it real, kids. 
Scooter

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 From Matteo in Milan: 

It would be interesting if we allowed the cities that wish to apply for the CMWC to send via email 1 month before the start of their event a detailed presentation of the event, enablaling those who wish to read the presentation the possibility to download it.

It would also be useful to assign a point system to the presentations, thus facilitating those who vote.

Obviously these presentations will be used during the open forum.

Matteo

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From Andy Zalen in DC 

My idea:

 Keep the initial Open Forum, but forget the 2nd one altogether.

 Instead, at the start of the Awards Ceremony, all bidding cities get up and
 make one last, brief presentation to win over undecided voters. All
 registered participants get a numbered ballot slip (same as their race
 number) in their registration packet. A ballot box is made available
 beginning at the end of the initial Open Forum until the end of the Awards
 Ceremony – people have until then to cast their vote. Or more specifically,
 make it say, 15 minutes after the final presentations, so that the votes
 can be tallied and announced by the end of the Awards Ceremony (votes may
 be tallied as they are cast during the weekend, so that it doesn’t all have
 to get counted at the Awards Ceremony). No proxy votes, just one available
 vote per attendee that they have to personally submit.

 To take that idea even further, the ballots could be accompanied with the
 Open Forum agenda items which need to be decided on. This addendum could be
 created at or after the Open Forum and distributed later that evening
 and/or during the course of the rest of the event. Again – only one ballot
 per racer. So often the Open Forums get bogged down in heated debate. If we
 eliminated the need to come up with “the answers” – voting on the issues,
 voting on if we should vote, etc. – the Open Forums would just be about
 raising the questions and concerns, and offering possible solutions.
 Perhaps this would make the Open Forum run smoother and more efficiently,
 and we could be more satisfied we gave all attendees a fair and equal
 chance to exercise their opinions.

 I’m pretty sure we abandoned the consensus method soon after Buffalo Bill
 stopped attending, but I don’t know if the by-laws were ever amended to
 reflect this. It’s been a straight majority rules vote for many years now.

 I am also pretty sure that the by-laws were amended to allow for the IFBMA
 council to take decisions amongst themselves on certain matters during the  year, outside of an actual CMWC. If not, there must be a provision for
 this, in the case that some timely issue comes up that needs to be
 addressed before the next Championships.

 I have some other ideas but that’s all for now.

 AZ

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 From Bega in DC

On several occasions, the 2nd open forum has been scheduled for sunday
but on at least some of those occasions hasn’t successfully happened
for various reasons such as lack of organization or lack of interest
or people being already drunk or the finals ran late and the forum was
scheduled for a time when the bunny hop was still going on and thats
not really fair. and thus the forum has been suddenly moved to some
other unplanned time and location. it is my belief that if it is
scheduled for sunday, it should happen for real on sunday.

its not really supposed to be a “vote”. its supposed to be a consensus
(which is not the same thing as a unanimous decision – consensus means
that no one wishes to block the decision which means everyone accepts
the “vote” not necessarily agrees with it – it rarely happens after
only one vote). at least as recently as chicago, a motion was made to
change it from consensus to a straight vote but that proposal was
tabled and has been tabled at at least 3 open forums that i remember.
i would suggest that it has gained more headway recently, and at least
a couple of times, the vote has been taken this way as a single vote,
not necessarily for the worse at those forums. truthfully if at least
most people walk away thinking it was at least somewhat fair, youve
done at least somewhat of a good job.

proxies should be eliminated. whenever you have the forum, people who
want to participate should show up. at different forums, proxies have
been treated differently with little if any consistency.  proxies dont
function in a consensus format. they barely work in a voting format.
they cause controversy and breed uninformed and uncaring voters.

im really excited to see people having these sorts of conversations.
ive always personally believed that having the conversation is more
important than the final decisions.


Shawn “bega” Blumenfeld

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Please discuss! and if you have anything you’d like to have talked about at the Open Forums please post on fb, on the messenger mailing list, or send me an email to leah@bicyclemessenger.org and I’ll get it up for everyone to see. :)

Only 3 1/2 weeks until the pre-event in Guadalajara, and the big ride to CMWC 2014 cmwcmexicologo

Hope to see everyone there!

Leah

 

 

 

 

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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/

 

 

 

Trailer CMWC13

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

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

this is the way the worlds end

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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