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St. Pete is one of three areas in U.S. that still deliver mail by bicycle

July 8, 2024
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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Every morning starts the same when Nadir Alwani is getting ready to deliver mail.

He’s a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service, so he’ll gather letters and packages for his route and puts them in a container that he carries for his journey.

“Each route has, like, a line of travel, basically,” Alwani said. “So, we follow that all the way throughout.”

But Alwani is different because for the last ten years, Alwani has delivered mail by bicycle covering the same route in St. Petersburg.

“They are surprised, kind of, and they ask you questions that they never seen a mailman on a bike in their town,” Alwani said.

Which makes sense because the Open Air Post Office in Downtown St. Pete, where Alwani starts his day, is one of three post offices left in the country to still use bikes to deliver mail.

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