Here's an article posted on USPS Newslink, an internal electronic newsletter issued daily. Posted in Safety to show that cycling can be safer than driving.
WHEELING IN ENERGY CONSUMPTION
USPS continues its support of eco-friendly initiatives
Sun City, AZ, Letter Carrier Terry Hesselrode.
The Sun City, AZ, Main Post Office is using pedal power to lower its fuel costs.
Its letter carriers ride bicycles on 37 delivery routes — saving USPS $24,000 in annual gasoline costs at current prices. Bicycle delivery conserves 7,800 gallons of gasoline annually when compared to Long Life Vehicle delivery and eliminates 25,000 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.
All Sun City carriers with bike routes received new wheels in November. “We’re thankful to have our fleet replaced,” Sun City Postmaster Mark Strong said. “Now our red, white and blue fleet of bicycles can maintain green delivery.”
In more than 25 years of bike deliveries, none of the town’s postal cyclists have ever experienced a runaway bike, and they have suffered fewer injuries than letter carriers delivering mail on motorized routes. Only one other location in the country — St. Petersburg, FL — uses bicycle delivery.