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Running reds and killing peds: the lexicon of bicycle messengers

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  29 March 2004

ZOE NYSSA
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Has a degree in astrophysics from the University of Toronto and is about to begin her M.A. in the rhetoric of science at an as yet-to-be-determined university in the Midwestern U.S.

Abstract

PERFORMING what is often considered one of the world's most dangerous jobs, bicycle couriers are proud to be considered ‘other’ – or simply suicidal – by the rest of the world. The job lacks prestige and security, and the wages of bike couriers, which were already low relative to the risks, have been steadily decreasing in the last decade. Yet there is a kind of solidarity. This study seeks not only to discuss the kind of language couriers use but also to show how that language reflects both the work and the solidarity in the ‘messengering’ world.

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