If there is ever a time and a place that you know the answer to a directional question, it is when you are at work. While bicycle messengers my not have formal training in communication skills, they are good at giving directions. And they won’t give you the crazy directions you usually get from strangers.

“Ok, you are here, go down I think about 7 blocks, you know you are getting close when you see a Wendy’s. Now don’t turn at the Wendy’s, go past the Wendy’s another block and turn there. I think it’s Harvard St. Go left past an Indian food restaurant, then an Ace Hardware and then you should see….”

I never understood why people giving directions would give more landmarks than street directions. So, next time you are lost ask a bicycle messenger. The conversation most likely go like this.

YOU: Hi, I’m lost, can you help me find the Hampton Suites?

MESSENGER: Do you have the address.

YOU: Yes, it’s 1234 Street, Anywhere

MESSENGER: Perfect, go straight, take a left on 3rd, get in the right lane, go up to Ivy Street make a right, it will be the 2nd building on your right.

Meanwhile, in the picture below I caught Rick giving directions to a delivery driver in a white van lost downtown. Haven’t these people heard of a thing called a map?
ask a cyclist for directions

It’s not just giving directions messengers are good at. It’s communicating direction. I really don’t think I’ve ever riden with a messenger that uses both hands to ride their bike. We are always talking with our hands, and pointing and gesturing. Or even worse, texting with both hands, while holding a conversation with a friend while heading to our next pick up. Here Squid is showing me our next turn. Of course I can’t watch where I am going or even look forward because I am riding and filming. You can see me reflection in the back.

Squid Pointing out our next turn