City's bike messengers ride a fine li...

City's bike messengers ride a fine line when on the job

There are 207 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jul 8, 2008, titled City's bike messengers ride a fine line when on the job. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

They are the road warriors of Chicago streets. Bike messengers slice through traffic, clashing with drivers, battling buses and dodging pedestrians who dare cross their path.

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Cedar Lake, IN

#208 Jul 9, 2008
rac wrote:
Oh yeah, because your mortgage check walks to the bank by itself, gee you want to sue the messenger co., how do you think the paper work is going to get around. Next time you cry wondering where your business cards are, why your insurance paperwork hasn't made it to the insurance co., or the next time you need to meet a deadline and you work until the very last possible second. Who's going to get it to where it needs to be when your job is on the line?
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Uh, how many people to you actually think send their mortgage check via bike messenger? Probably a couple at most. Most people use the UNITED STATES POST OFFICE. Business cards? Post Office or UPS or FedEx. Insurance paperwork? Post Office. Need to meet a deadline? Maybe a bike messenger service.

Cedar Lake, IN

#209 Jul 9, 2008
Trogdor the burninator wrote:
Bikes should absolutely NEVER be riding in front of cars or making left turns from left turn lanes.
Actually, when bikes are making a left turn they are SUPPOSED to be in the left turn lane (if there is one), in the left lane (if there is more than one lane but not a designated turn lane), or in the center of the lane.

Waldorf, MD

#211 May 27, 2009
messengers do a job that nobody else can do. next time the wheather is bad you are not going to walk your package there or jump on the metro. you are going to call one of us. stop your bitching and deal with it. by the way pay attention most accidents are caused by people not watching where they are going or what they are doing.......... not us! d.c. messengers rule!!!!!!!!

Chicago, IL

#212 May 28, 2009
dty wrote:
"A lot of times it's very likely the messenger who just broke the traffic law you saw is delivering a document that directly affects your life," said Augie Montes ...
Ridiculous. These are not organ transplant specialists, they are bicycle messengers delivering a sandwich and beverage. Even if they think they are delivering super sensitive, top-priority papers, that is only because some overpaid executive in a high-rise tower is trying to justify his/her existence.
The bike deliveries do directly affect my life when they run into me on the sidewalk.
Actually, they very commonly deliver documents for companies and businesses. You are thinking of bike DELIVERERS. yes, the deliverers do deliver food and beverages.
Big Dick Pink

Chicago, IL

#213 Aug 17, 2010
The rules of the road are an oil and gas industry conspiracy to eliminate bikers from our society. Always ride right down the middle of the road and never stop for anything.If you ever start to feel drowsey; ride against the traffic for ahwhile and that will wake you up. Drivers and pedestrians are mechanical zombies and the world would be a better place without then.Bikers Rule. ALLAH BE PRAISED!

United States

#214 Jan 30, 2012
U pedestrians are lazy cry babies just look both ways be-4 u step ur pompous ass off the curb just like mommy taught u

Irvington, NJ

#215 Feb 13, 2012
what should be also noted is that pedestrians are by law to cross in crosswalks at the proper light signal not in the middle of the street which is jaywalking which invalidates the law of the right of way

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