Seen Report: Nikki Beaman
The kids are all right. Or at least this kid is. At 23, Nikki Beaman has had a taste of the messenger community at large, with her resume taking her from Milwaukee to San Francisco and attending the Denver NACCCs, all on a bike. In a world full of unsolicited compliments, Nikki has a cut and dry view on how to break down gender inequality, “… we’d all like to be taken seriously without having to go to ridiculous measures to prove ourselves.” A simple request, but in the male-dominated cycling industry, adversity still lurks, “sex sells and there’s a price to pay.” There is a light though. This year has seen the formation of the Women’s Bike Messenger Association (WBMA) and while fledgling; it has all the momentum to create an important support system specifically for female messengers. In a perfect world where education is a right, not a privilege, where law enforcement enforces the law instead of abuses it, where burritos are plentiful and wrapped in tin-foil, all Nikki really wants is to worry about is running out of buffalo seitan wings. Oh, and try to catch her on her unicorn-white Vivalo - multiple run-ins with death machines haven’t stopped her yet.
Photo and Words: @johndanielreiss