Each year on October 9, Chicago celebrates Bicycle Messenger Appreciation Day.
Bicycle messengers (also known as bike couriers) are people who work carrying and delivering items by bicycle. Bicycle messengers are most often found in the central business districts of metropolitan areas. Chicago’s bicycle messenger companies employ more than 300 bicyclists who make an estimated 1.1 million deliveries each year. The City of Chicago encourages more use of bicycle messengers and encourages bicycle messengers to ride safely and responsibly.
Why Use Bicycle Messengers?
Encouraging Increased Use of Bicycle Messengers
The City of Chicago has identified several key strategies for increasing the use of bicycle messengers, and ensuring their safety:
Bicycle Messenger Companies
A Bicycle Messenger Service License is required for companies that operate bicycle messenger services in the central business district. Bicycle messenger licences are administered by the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection.
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