After a long and illustrious career, Eric “Sharky” Young hung up his messenger bag this year. He was a credit to his profession (and, given the speed and skill with which he operated his bicycle, he was not easy to photograph.)(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland) If you see a bike messenger in your office or in … Read more
“Whereas, bicycle messengers provide a value-added service that businesses seek out as a means to reduce costs and improve efficiency, crucial to the movement of important information…” — Mayor Sam Adams, in a proclamation of 10-9 Day Professional bike messengers around the country will recognize today as 10-9 Day, a.k.a. Messenger Appreciation Day. October 9th … Read more
More on this series:– Read Part One – Read Part Two– Author Bio [Note from Publisher: Welcome to the final installment of our three-part series on bike messengers in Portland. This series is written by BikePortland contributing writer Erin Greeson (bio). In Part One, Greeson laid out the tough working conditions faced by Portland’s messengers. … Read more
Erin Greeson [Publisher’s note: This is the first in a three-part story on Portland’s bike messengers by new contributor Erin Greeson. When her friend Zak Kovalcik crashed and broke his collarbone last fall, Greeson came face-to-face with the tough reality faced by Portland’s bike delivery professionals. In this in-depth, three-part series, Greeson shares how the … Read more
[An Ira Ryan frame at Chunkathalon] [via GravelTech] Ira Ryan has added his name to the growing list of Portland frame builders. Ira is one of the founders of Magpie Messenger Collective, is the reigning champion of the Trans-Iowa endurance mountain bike race, and apprenticed with Sacha White of Vanilla Bicycles.