|Rappi bike messengers in a bike lane near the Zona Rosa in north Bogotá.|
|Rappi messengers waiting for a job outside a |
north Bogotá supermarket.
Not long after my time there, bike messenger started dying, the victim of faxes, and then e-mail. Today, I suspect, the only things still messengered are food, medical supplies and, maybe, art pieces.
My old company, Elliot Bay Messengers, is gone now.
But Bogotá, it seems, is still behind the curve in information technology, and bike messengering is booming. A number of small companies pioneered the industry, but it took the smartphone boom and deep pockets such as Rappy and Uber Eats to make it the ubiquitous industry it is today.
|Don't drop those bags! Dangling lunches off of handlebars.|