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    Meet Diane Walkup, 70, former bike messenger

    Long-time Tacoma resident Diane Walkup shows off the Gitane bicycle and messenger bag she used as a bicycle messenger in New York City in 1974. Photo credit: J.M. Simpson

    "These mob rides have people in them that I want to be around," Diane Walkup told me. "They understand the joy of riding."

    Trust me, Walkup certainly does.

    Now pushing threescore and 10, Walkup recalls well her days as a bicycle messenger in Gotham City in the mid-1970s.

    "Speed, punctuality and nerves of steel were required," she said as she talked about navigating her way on her Gitane to deliver messages to places like Rolling Stone Magazine, NBC, CBS and Marvel Comics.

    "The job took intelligence; I learned the streets of New York City and all of the short cuts," Walkup added with a twinkle in her eye.

    from Tour de Tacoma - Features - Weekly Volcano - The alternative newsweekly for Tacoma and Olympia
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