Dania Ramirez, who plays Vanessa, got to see first hand how difficult it is to be a woman in the bike messenger field: "I went around with this one girl who was a bike messenger, and what I saw was that the stuff that women bike messengers have to put up with is the same stuff women have to put up with in any field." Women bike messengers, she says, need to make themselves seen. "You let people know that you're nothing to be messed with, and that’s especially true in New York City. The one thing that I can say about all these female bike messengers that I've met is that they're tough cookies."
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There's a bit of a death-wish wrapped up in the dangerous job of a bicycle messenger.