Bike Messengers…NYC They’re a culture unto themselves! Their form of sport is called Alleycat Racing, and it was started in major cities around the world in the early 90s.
They’re different folks with a raison d’etre that defies conventional society. Getting around in New York City is in itself a challenge. Being a bike messenger requires skills that are both athletic and cunning, and their challenge is not only to provide their service but also to do it in jig time. For them it’s a bit like golf…playing against themselves, daily. Just like busmen, their free time is devoted to Alleycat Racing and learning more about how to deal with the challenge of New York City people and traffic.
Occasionally they congregate among themselves for some good-natured fun, all of which involves a form of casual competition. Sort of like road rally enthusiasts, they devise schemes and events to test their individual skills against each other in a kind of ‘beat the clock’ fashion. And that’s the point of this very funny counter-culture film…taking the viewer inside of their world in a unique way. Allowing those on the outside to see their point of view and experience their approach to life!
Here is a brief clip from the film...
Red Light, Go! Is more than a documentary about bike messengers; it’s a statement of a way of life that had Paris as its earliest roots, but where it flourishes full force is in NYC. You will never look at a bike messenger the same way after you see this amazing film!
Purchase Red Light Go! DVD (includes classroom screening and closed campus streaming rights) $250