Posties won’t be told to get off their bikes despite New Zealand Post‘s new delivery trials.
Faced with rapidly dropping letter volumes and a marked rise in parcel deliveries, it is trying two different types of motorised carts on residential routes.
NZ Post spokesman Richard Trow said the vehicles, a three-wheel Kyburz and four-wheel Paxster, were being trialled to see how capable they were of carrying a mix of letters and parcels.
They were able to carry loads than a bicycle.
The Paxster, dubbed “Polly” by staff, could carry 10 times the weight of a bicycle, and the Kyburz, or “Kip”, could carry five times the weight.
But posties would still remain a regular sight.
“Regardless of what’s decided they will complement rather than replace walking, cycling and vans,” Trow said.
“As we carry more parcels in our network it makes sense to look at using different types of vehicles that are smaller than a van, but carry more than a bicycle.”
Trow said the trial, which ended last month, would also assess their suitability for the terrain and impact on roads and footpaths.
This would help Auckland Transport determine whether to approve the use of the vehicles on city footpaths.
NZ Post was also trialling an e-bike in the West Auckland suburb of New Lynn.
The power-assisted bike could reach up to 40km/h and rolled to a stop when the postie stopped pedalling.
NZ Post recommended a top speed of 10km/h on the footpath.
– Acknowledgements: Herald on Sunday
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- NZ Post sells Australian courier (radionz.co.nz)