Bicycles help company's business boom

Kendall Sexton
Kendall Sexton

HONOLULU (KHNL) - With our economy the way it is right now, everyone's hurting. Gas prices are higher than ever, the stretch of our dollars is dwindling. But for some, utilizing a familiar fixture from our childhood is making business boom.

Blast from the past bicycles were once used to race with friends and pop wheelies but now their function is taking on a new money saving form.

"Ok thank you bye," said Shop Owner Kendall Sexton.

Calls are coming in and the addresses are going out.

Here at Crosstown Couriers, business is up 50 %.

"A lot of people are calling us instead of having to pass the fuel surcharges onto their customers," said Sexton.

Using bikes to deliver instead of cars, these couriers carry basically anything. Aside from the basic stuff like graphic designs and legal papers, there's always the unusual requests.

"I've delivered laundry, Xerox boxes up to fifty pounds, marble, wood tiling, you name it as long as it will fit in our bag," said Courier Jason Lee.

"The concepts been around forever, everybody thought it would die with fax machines, it didn't," said Sexton.

With a staff of six, Crosstown Couriers carry up to 70-deliveries a day.

They're swerving past the soaring fuel prices and say if gas keeps going up business will continue to kick.

"If there's no end to this I can only see it going up," said Sexton.

By locking in a new use for this comeback piece of the past, traffic is no longer an issue.

From Kahala to the airport, don't be surprised with the company's quickness or confidence.

"I can get from downtown to Waikiki in less than 10 minutes. I'd like to see anyone in a car do that," said Lee.

Crosstown Couriers charge by the amount of time it takes to make a delivery, which can be as quick as 15 to 20 minutes.

But there's a downside. One courier said some have gotten tickets for jay-walking, even speeding. They face fines they have to pay out of pocket as high as $220.