Pedal Power: St. Pete’s biking mail carriers deliver to thousands of residents every day

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There are so many little things that make St. Pete special. One of the easiest to take for granted is our biking mail carriers. Rain or shine, in the heat of the summer and surprising cold of winter, these USPS employees pedal around the Sunshine City’s historic neighborhoods to provide a vital service for us all.

Did you know St. Petersburg is one of just a few cities in America that still delivers mail by bike? About a dozen cyclists in the 33701 zip code deliver to 15,000+ people every single day.

These biking mail carriers come to and from the ‘Burg’s historic open-air post office — another local marvel.

The Open Air Post Office is an important Mediterranean Revival building marking the transition from the city’s early Mission period to the rise of the Beaux Arts historicism which would make its mark in the 1920’s, according to release from the USPS. The structure celebrated its centennial back in 2017.

The building was completed and dedicated in September 1917. Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

Right now, the USPS is in critical need of our help. Their efforts are vitally important especially as many prepare to vote by mail this season.

One simple way to help support the USPS is by buying stamps and sending letters.

I’ve acquired a ton of vintage Florida postcards from The Swag on Central and plan to mail them out to friends in CT, CA, NC and NJ.

The historic open air post office is located at the corner of 4th Street and 1st Avenue N.

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Written by Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan

Andrew Harlan is the Editor of ilovetheburg.com. Follow him on Twitter @harlanyoungII and Instagram @harlanyoung. Send tips and potential stories to info@ilovetheburg.com.