Australian Mail Carriers Are Cool

9 May

One thing I love about Australia is that my mail is delivered by a dude on a moped. Seriously. All over the city, I see Australia Post mailmen on bicycles, mopeds, and motorcycles, delivering the mail.

As I understand it, Australia Post has outfitted much of its fleet with electric bicycles in a move to go green. This isn’t anything new, of course. I just think it’s cool. They have regular pushbikes, too.

The new Australia Post electric bicycle, launched in 2011.

In America, I remember always getting stuck behind the mail truck when I drove home from classes. This big box truck, which was almost certainly not fuel efficient, would be driven the few yards between each home’s mailbox, the driver would get out, leaving the engine running, deposit the mail, and then drive the few feet to the next box. I often wondered why he couldn’t at least go park somewhere and walk the few blocks, especially when the weather was nice. No wonder America has an obesity crisis.

But I’ve yet to see a fat mailman delivering the mail here.

The outfit is sort of dorky, but the bike is cool!

In addition to the bicycles, they also use mopeds and motorcycles, which, while probably no better for one’s waistline than a car, at least don’t add to traffic congestion and use a lot less fuel. Plus, I’ve seen them ride their mopeds on sidewalks, barely stopping at all as they deposit mail in each box they pass. It seems a lot more time efficient than having to park a big truck all the time.

The tricycle version. Presumably for larger loads.

3 Responses to “Australian Mail Carriers Are Cool”

  1. Kristin May 10, 2012 at 2:57 am #

    That’s great! They should do that in Mexico, too. Instead, the mailmen don’t even bother to get out of their cars, they just drive by and throw the letters on the pavement – or wherever they may land. Lately, they started to roll them up with elastic bands to make them heavier, so they can throw them farther. But probably, if they had bikes, they would get stolen the minute they dismount…

  2. loulouloves May 10, 2012 at 5:48 am #

    I’ve been OS for too long and haven’t seen the posties new wheels! Super cool!

  3. Cosette May 19, 2012 at 12:51 am #

    Reblogged this on Stumble Down Under.

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