Re: [messengers] Toronto Bike courier story

Date: 26 Mar 2011 10:13:02 +0100
From: Simon McKenzie <mckfrenzy@xxxxxxxxx>

Ok Ok I'll bring BikeWise up at the next OH&S meeting. Enough already. Thanks for your help today tho Dodo

On 25/03/2011, at 8:25 PM, Michael Dodd wrote:

There is no money to be made from licensing or registering *couriers*.

As far as registering *cyclists* goes; the administration costs associated make it an unrealistic proposition, especially after considering the fact
that cyclists save councils money. Compared to automobile specific
infrastructure research has shown that effective cycling infrastructure
delivers a $4 return for every $1 spent.

Cycling is by far the best way to travel short distances and the healthiest way to travel long. A high level of cycling participation is crucial towards
reducing the safety and congestion issues created by unnecessary motor
vehicle use.

Take Portland for example, Portland introduced the bicycle bill which
requires a minimum of 1% of total highway funding to go to cycling

A major bonus for that city is the statistic that shows, in a city of many bridges it is the bike traffic that is expanding, while car numbers remain the same. This means their bridges are still operating as well today for cars as they did 20 years ago - that's huge for a growing city trying to manage transportation." Safety wise Portland's figures are also encouraging, the number of cycling injuries and incidents are holding steady despite more cyclists being on the road. Cyclists in Portland today are four times safer
than they were 10 years ago.

As far as having Skilled Messengers on the streets of Toronto goes, it comes down to having better pay and fairer working conditions, if messengers get treated better there will be more long term messengers and less transient, unskilled cyclists working on Toronto's streets. Of course basic training is
still an issue. The City of Sydney provides a free cycling in the city
course, the Course is aimed at people who know how to ride bikes but lack the confidence to ride in inner city traffic, this course is also available to rookie couriers (should their company make it compulsory before allowing them on the streets), it has limitations, but it does teach principles. This course is partly taught by Veteran couriers, if the city of Toronto would like to provide such a service to emerging cyclists/messengers I'm sure the
Toronto bicycle messenger association could point them in the right
direction by providing instructors.

Cyclists and couriers are not the danger on our streets, they are however in close proximity to the danger that is created by automobiles. When you take
automobiles out of the equation streets become safe for people.

Cyclists included.

On Fri, Mar 25, 2011 at 9:50 AM, Paul Ford <rollingcookie@xxxxxxxxxxx>wrote:

In Calgary it has nothing to do with generating money through licensing the money is all generated through fines by the police. One of the main factors that led to plates here was a certain car driver who carries a bike in the back of his truck ran down a judge and there wife on the sidewalk in front of the courts. The large companies then threw all there workers under the wheels (so to speak) and supported the city plan for plates. In the early days there were cases where as many as three people were issued the same number plate at the same time now the plates are controlled by the company. Cars in Alberta only require a single plate but bike messengers are required to have two plates visible at all times mounted front and rear subject to a hundred dollar fine if not mounted in acceptable fashion which depends on the mood of the officer you deal with. The requirement for plates has been justified by the city in the past by pointing out that ever since license plates were introduced the number of complaints specific to messengers has skyrocketed. I have not received a single ticket on my bike since I stopped
messengering lots of warnings but without plates and a radio no more

Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2011 14:10:14 -0700
From: hayward_mw71@xxxxxxxx
To: Messengers@xxxxxxxxx; messvilleto@xxxxxxxxx
Subject: Re: [messengers] Toronto Bike courier story

Before that I believe the city of Toronto had a liscence law for car
couriers that involved different plates. Couriers complained on legal
grounds and the plates were eliminated.

As to cost I cannot imagine what it could be today and right now it is
not even about finding a way to create compliance by bike messengers with traffic laws but rather an attempt to create a revenue stream for the city. And seeing as there are less than two hundred messengers in Toronto it
would not be worth their while....

--- On Thu, 3/24/11, Joe Hendry <messvilleto@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

From: Joe Hendry <messvilleto@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [messengers] Toronto Bike courier story
To: "Messenger" <Messengers@xxxxxxxxx>
Received: Thursday, March 24, 2011, 3:48 PM

This a lost cause for the city. A licensing system will cost them money
not generate revenue. Over the years the cost of implementing a system is
the number one reason they have never done it.

Back in 1991, the city got as far as drafting a license law. At first
they figured they would need to charge $93 per license to break even for couriers and $136 for companies. I think the cost kept rising. That would be
much higher 20 years later.

Even the police were against it:

And I can't imagine that the current Mayor is willing to set up a whole
new system to administer it.

This week, I think Mammolitti is just throwing a bunch of shit at the
wall to see if any of it sticks. First he calls for the island to be turned
into a red light district and now this.

--- On Thu, 3/24/11, marmaxcourier@xxxxxxxxx <marmaxcourier@xxxxxxxxx >

From: marmaxcourier@xxxxxxxxx <marmaxcourier@xxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [messengers] Toronto Bike courier story
To: "C Q" <fixieman@xxxxxxxxx>, messengers-bounces@xxxxxxxxx, "Messenger" <Messengers@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thursday, March 24, 2011, 3:29 PM

Sorry, wrong website. It's actually
Here's the quote...
"We're scraping by as it is, so we don't have the income to be able to
create this revenue for the city,"

This is such a cash grab.
Cyclists of all kinds use the city streets and if you're going to try and
gain revenue, why not go the extra mile and license everyone? *sarcasm*

I think I might start a petition.
Any thoughts?

Marli Epp

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Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2011 14:54:39
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Subject: Re: [messengers] Toronto Bike courier story

No License in Montreal

On Thu, Mar 24, 2011 at 11:42 AM, <marmaxcourier@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

Any Calgary messengers have an opinion? Vancouver? Aren't you folks
required to have a license?
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Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2011 07:36:05
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Subject: [messengers] Toronto Bike courier story

Any Toronto messengers want to respond to this guy?

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Colin D'Mello <ColinM.DMello@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: 2011/3/24
Subject: Bike Courier story
To: mima@xxxxxxxxxxxxx


I'm doing a story about bike messengers in Toronto. Councillor Giorgio Mammolitti is floating the idea of attaching licence plates to courier
bikes, as a way to raise money for a cash strapped city.

Is there anyone I would be able to speak with about this?

I'm hoping to do a radio interview today, as soon as possible. You can
either email me back at ColinM.DMello@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx or call my
at 647-822-2856.


Colin D'Mello
City Hall Reporter

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