Directed, shot and edited by Sander Vandenbrouke, this short documentary (19 min) shows the trials and tribulations faced by these modern day street warriors. Within the last decade, the bike messenger population has grown exponentially. Both due to business demands on quicker deliveries, and people coming from other countries looking for work due to the economic struggles of their respective governments.
There seems to be work to go around, but the problem is that suddenly, there is no room for all these bike messengers to get the job done in a timely fashion. Brussels has been the most congested city in all of Europe for some time, but now it’s getting even worse.
Boasting a strong economy — including over 1,400 American businesses — there is a lot of money floating around. But the Green movement has encouraged more and more people to ditch their fancy cars and opt to ride bikes to work, the store, etc. This leaves little room on the roads for the people who are actually making their living while riding and risking their lives everyday.
This documentary shines a light on the problems I spoke of, plus a few others. It’s definitely worth the watch. It’s interesting even if you aren’t a cyclist.
Enjoy. And let me know your thoughts in the comments.