South Western Times - - Front Page - Kate Field­ing

BUN­BURY posties are rolling with an Aus­tralia-wide trial and trad­ing in their mo­tor­cy­cles for elec­tric bi­cy­cles.

Aus­tralia Post has con­verted a number of its mo­tor­cy­cle rounds to elec­tric-as­sisted bikes in a bid to “op­ti­mise” its de­liv­ery ser­vice.

So far more than 140 rounds have been switched in West­ern Aus­tralia, in­clud­ing two in Bun­bury.

An Aus­tralia Post spokesman said the aim of the ini­tia­tive was to im­prove the com­pany’s ser­vice and safety.

“As our busi­ness trans­forms, we are look­ing at the best meth­ods of trans­port for our posties,” the spokesman said.

“We’re op­ti­mis­ing our cur­rent modes of de­liv­ery na­tion­ally.

“Where it makes sense to do so, we’ll be con­vert­ing mo­tor­cy­cle rounds to elec­tric bi­cy­cles.

“The end goal is to have the right mode that best suits the de­liv­ery round to en­hance the cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence and ul­ti­mately the safety of our peo­ple.”

Bun­bury post­man Ash­ley Tay­lor said while it might be harder work on a bi­cy­cle, he en­joyed cy­cling his way through his mail round.

“I like it, I’m get­ting fit­ness while I’m work­ing,” Mr Tay­lor said.

“You get some big hills which can be a bit tougher, but it’s not too bad with the mo­tor.”

Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler Photo avail­able at west­pix.com.au

Aus­tralia Post post­man Ash­ley Tay­lor gets ready to fin­ish his Bun­bury round on his elec­tric bi­cy­cle.

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