Monday, August 24, 2009

Pedalling Posties Ride Off Into the Sunset

UK's Sunday Mail reports he's been an everyday part of British life for more than 120 years but now "the pedalling postie looks set to go the same way as many village post offices and the early morning delivery. . . into the history books."

According to the article by Matt Sandy, "Royal Mail is to phase out nearly all of the 25,000 British-made bikes used by postmen and women across the country because they can’t carry enough mail or travel far enough."

It goes on to say, "Instead, postmen and women will be expected to travel to their patches in vans – and deliver their letters and parcels from trolleys made in China."

Sandy writes, "It will mean workers will no longer have to return to base to collect more items but could also signal the end of neighbourhoods having their own dedicated postman. Some postmen will be given a four-wheel pull-along trolley, while others on rounds with steep hills will get battery-powered ones."

To read the entire article, click here.
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posted by Don Schilling at 12:01 AM