Apparently the end is nigh according to this article from Seattle.
In one of the starkest signs of looming obsolescence, the national company that bought Bucky's -- once perhaps Seattle's best-known bike-courier business -- eliminated its entire bike fleet last year. It now focuses on car and truck deliveries.
I of course have no issue with real Bike Messengers. This is certainly sad news because I like the idea of urban bicyclists navigating their way through the gridlock in our urban centers. Sort of like how I liked the idea of Grunge music. That is, until you couldn't go anywhere without hearing a grunge wannabee band selling flannel in department stores.
So, here's a toast for the Bike Messengers of the world. Now let the fakengers and posengers quietly fade away as well. They're going to have to right? Whose culture will they copy next? Will it be Bike Touring Chic for the next decade? At least that would be a more practical niche to inhabit. And maybe it would encourage those fixie folks to actually maybe pay attention to some of those pesky laws of the road and stop giving the rest of us urban cyclists a bad name.