[messengers] Blizzard doesn’t stop bike courier

Date: 5 Feb 2011 01:18:07 +0100
From: Joe Hendry <messvilleto@xxxxxxxxx>

Blizzard doesn’t stop bike courier





By Kathy Hanson


Aimes Tribune, February 4, 2011 


Jim Gregory isn’t employed by the U.S. Postal Service, but
he adheres to its unofficial motto, adopted from  the Greek historian Herodotus, who famously
said: “Neither snow, nor rain, nor heat, nor gloom of night stays these
courageous couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.”



 Gregory, 46, a bike
courier in Ames, said he hasn’t missed a day of
delivery due to inclement weather since he started delivering books, articles
and circulation materials between Ames Public Library and Iowa State University’s Parks Library, five days a
week, more than two years ago.



 The deliveries are no
sweat with the right gear and equipment, he said, even in sub-zero temperatures
and blinding blizzards.



 “Long underwear
helps,” he said.



 As the co-owner of
local business Bikes at Work, Gregory is an expert on heavy-duty cargo carriers
for bicycles. His trailer easily handles the load, which can be up to 400
pounds, on the nearly four-mile round trip between the two libraries.



 The bicycle courier
service got started in 2007, said Betty Young, Ames Public Library’s
interlibrary loan assistant. The two libraries realized that bypassing the U.S.
Postal service, which routes mail through Des
  Moines, would cut a day off their delivery time.



 “The courier service
is less expensive than the mail, too,” she said.


 Gregory said he
enjoys keeping fit, providing a needed service and visibly promoting bicycles
as an alternative to cars.



 This winter had been
so mild, he said, that this week’s snowstorm caught him off-guard.


 “I don’t even have
the studded snow tires on my bike yet,” he said.

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