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Published:August 10th, 2006 08:28 EST

E-mail Killed the Messenger

By Andrew Chien

The Big Apple used to have 2,500 bike messengers dodging through fuel and/or electric powered vehicles--despite the technological inferiority of bicycles, because there were documents to be delivered, and quickly.

Now, their numbers have dwindled more than half, and salaries have been cut down from $20 an hour in some cities to only $11.

Some people have speculated that the fax machine is to blame. However, the plight of currier cyclists is actually attributed to e-mail.

E-mail is faster, cheaper, and often much easier to use than any bike messenger. Currently, there are only 1,100 cyclists in New York City.