Video: Finding work – and life – by bike

Pizza delivery and deliverance on two wheels

Urban Video
Bringing you your pizza pie hot and fresh.

Bringing you your pizza pie hot and fresh.

Bicycles can have a profound impact on people. More than just a recreational vehicle or kid’s play toy, human-powered two-wheeled transport can change lives. Take Wild Bill, the subject of the short film Delivery by Michael Beach Nichols and Christopher K. Walker of NO WEATHER. For Bill the bike is a lifeline, availing employment and as he puts it, life itself. “The day I can no longer ride a bike better be the day I’m dead,” he says.

Bill first caught the cycling bug as a child when he spotted a bicycle messenger zipping through the streets of San Francisco. Soon he was one of those messengers, before moving east to Brooklyn where we pick up his story, as he delivers pizza on a fixed gear bike. No he doesn’t wear a helmet, and yes he sometimes smokes while he rides. But despite his non-traditional approach, it’s clear he derives the same joy from the bike that we do. And that’s a story always worth telling.

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About the author: Jeff Titone

For as long as he remembers, contributor Jeff Titone has been riding bikes. The former National Champion triathlete has such a passion for cycling that he has dedicated his career to spreading the two-wheeled gospel. A cycling industry veteran of more than twelve years, Jeff has worked for such notable brands as Cannondale, Titus, and Blackburn. Whether grinding out the miles on his road bike, shredding the Arizona desert on his mountain bike, or cruising the greenbelt on his way to work, Jeff relishes every opportunity to be in the saddle. He also has a soft spot for vintage, lugged steel road bikes and bourbon.

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