Monday, April 29, 2013

Mail Delivery, by Bicycle

Today, as I was heading home from a quick stop to the grocery store, I spotted a postal worker delivering mail - by bicycle. It wasn't loaded up like this one for the British, but rather looked more like an every day mountain bike with a basket up front and a stack of mail. Unfortunately, I wasn't quick enough with the camera to get a shot, but it started to get me thinking.
*Image found here (I believe it is a purchase-able item on Etsy, as well)
While I'm always a little more aware of people on bikes, simply because I frequently use that mode of transportation, I realized I have personally never witnessed a postal employee delivering mail on a bicycle in our city. Perhaps its a regular occurrence in larger cities (I honestly don't know), but I was curious to see if this is a coming trend, or perhaps a reaction to recent talks about limiting mail delivery days? After a search, I was unable to find out if this is now a regular delivery mode, if it's something being considered as a possibility for the future, or if it's been happening for some time and I just hadn't noticed it until today.

Last year, Longmont rolled out a bike share program for city employees to get around town, and again, though I've never personally had the opportunity to see it in use, I think it's a wonderful program (particularly for a fairly small community) that helps lighten the need for city employees to use cars during the work day - especially when traveling to a spot not far from city offices.

Are there any locals who have witnessed mail delivery by bicycle? I'm curious to know if this was a one time happening, or if this will become more regular. If you're not local, does your mail (at work or home) get delivered by a postal bicycle rider?

4 comments:

  1. If it was downtown where you saw this, that carrier has been on a bike for a few years. I see him occasionally riding deliveries on Coffman, west of the 300-700 block of Main. I agree, it's neat to see mail being delivered this way.

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    1. It was downtown, Pete. That's awesome that it's a regular delivery style. I hope it spreads to more areas of the city! :O)

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  2. I live in Longmont and funny that you mention it, I just saw a postal worker on a bike. It was around the little downtown area. I was so happy to see him because I also love using bikes are transportation, commuting, etc. Longmont is so easy to get around, great bike lanes and open streets, I am surprised I don't see many more. Especially on my street where the bike lane is very prominent and they drive from mail box to mail box.

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    1. Isn't it great to see the postal workers riding? I really do hope this continues.

      Longmont is a great community for biking! :O)

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