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Pedal power: Here come the bicycle couriers

Green Messengers sells its service as fast, reliable and eco-friendly

Published on Oct 28, 2012 6:00 AM
On any working day, Green Messengers sends out couriers like Mr Syahiran Seha (left), 21, and Mr Abdul Malik, 25, who zip about on their bicycles, messenger bags slung across their shoulders, to deliver time-sensitive documents and packages around the Central Business District. -- ST PHOTOS: KUA CHEE SIONG

If you are fit, can cycle up to 50km a day in city traffic, and can make several pickups and deliveries each day, then there is a career for you in being a bicycle courier.

Each working day, they zip through the Central Business District, toting a messenger bag over their shoulders.

They ensure that documents and packages get delivered on time, like Joseph Gordon-Levitt's character in the recent box office hit Premium Rush, but with more regard for road safety. Some ride "fixies", or single-speed bicycles that cannot coast - so they must pedal constantly.

In April this year, Mr Hendra Rosa, 31, co-founded Green Messengers - Singapore's first bicycle courier service. It is touted as being "eco-friendly" and "extremely fast and reliable".

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Background story

Window of opportunity

"I've always loved cycling, and this is something that had never been done before. I found myself thinking: Why would it not work here?"

MR HENDRA ROSA (right), 31, who co-founded Green Messengers, Singapore's first bicycle courier service