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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/30146

Title: Economies of Speed? Bike Couriers, Pace, and Economic Development in the Global City
Authors: Adler, Patrick
Advisor: Deborah, Leslie
Department: Geography
Keywords: Economic Geography
Economic Development
Cycling Culture
Urban Metabolism
Global Cities
Skill Based Technological Change
Issue Date: 1-Dec-2011
Abstract: In this thesis, I propose that bike courier delivery is not merely a convenient service for clients but an important function in the operation of successful economies. By allowing the regions to function at higher speeds, same-day courier networks seem to play an active role in generating positive economic outcomes. The availability of courier networks is found to be as uneven as economic vitality itself. Cities like New York and Toronto have large, dense courier networks, capable of delivering items within an hour while smaller cites, do not support same-day courier service at all. They do this, in part, by allowing for couriers to cope with the precariousness of their work, and in part by providing supportive sub-cultures. These findings point to the role of service workers, and wider eco-systems in fostering regional advantage.  
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/30146
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