Music City Rush, a Nashville bicycle messenger company, has closed up shop. In a July 27 post on the company’s Facebook page, the founder wrote,
Where do I start? For the past 5 years I’ve launched my entire being in to one thing. I wanted so badly to create a business that provided a good job for like minded individuals. I wanted to provide a service for like minded businesses. I wanted to provide a family for the growing community of bicycles in my city. In many ways, I achieved those things. I achieved those things with the help of so many incredible people that I met along the way. Friendships were made. Relationships were made. And incredible memories were made.
With all of that being said, it’s time for us to all move on. No matter the efforts, willingness or hopefulness of all of the co-owners, we have decided it is best to close the doors to Rush. I am forever indebted to all of the helping hands along the way. No effort has gone unnoticed. Thank you.
The company was the only bicycle-only courier service in Nashville.
In a tribute to the company, Greg O’Loughlin wrote about how much Music City Rush meant to so many people:
It's tough to say goodbye to something you've never really known a word for. RUSH was a community as much as or more than it was a business. It is not too surprising that the business side of things met its demise in a search for a new model of inclusion, cooperation, and collaboration. It's the only way it makes sense, really, riding off the ramp at 100 miles an hour in the search for a way to make it even better for more people. That's tough to land. So tough that few people try. That's an incredibly honorable sword to fall on though the fall is only a tiny part of the story of what RUSH has meant to me and to so many others. Nashville has a stronger bicycling community due to the faith RUSH and Dave has in the potential of each of us. A place that took risks on so many of us to do what we said we could do. A place where anyone could work if you had a bike and were willing to give it a shot, a home for many first leaving their home or for those who just needed a place while they were trying to figure shit out. A light on the ride home where you knew you could catch your breath, clear your head, see your friends, have a beer, share a crazy story or hear a crazier story. That's not going anywhere. Employment hours, training hours, payroll, insurance – that's a burden lifted. Happy hours, movie nights, CX team sponsorship, alley-cats, HQ for all of the fast – that's RUSH. That's us. I wish it didn't have to end but I'm hopeful that the sparks a from this crazy part of the story will serve to shine a light on a new path forward, a path we may only be able to see in the glow of the flames of this incredibly generous fire that's burning where RUSH once stood. Thank you Dave, for taking the risks, for trying new shit, for bringing real #messlife to Nashville, for working so incredibly hard, and for all of the fast. @exoticdave @musiccityrush #allofthefast