But every once in a while, new businesses come up with innovative ideas that provide a bit of optimism. In this case a service called Postmates, a delivery service with a large bicycle fleet.
The idea of this service is sort of like Amazon on steroids: instead of huge warehouses, whole cities becomes warehouses.
A tricycle in an Amazon Warehouse
And just as some Amazon staff use bicycles to gather items in their vast buildings, Postmates cycle around major cities picking up a wide variety of items to be delivered to customers within an hour. Like take-out food, medicines and pharmacy items, or anything else. Including delivering a gift to a friend or transporting a package between any two locations in a city.
Postmate courier delivering items
What I like about Postmates is that most of their deliveries are by bicycle and that they are operating in a number of major U.S. cities (e.g., San Francisco, New York, Chicago, Seattle, and DC). I understand from their website that they are in rapid expansion mode now. The reduction in car usage resulting from their service has to be substantial, thus lessening emissions of CO2 and particulates in these urban locations. So instead of driving around to pick up a meal or an item, a bicycle courier can do this for you with no greenhouse gas emission.
Perhaps Postmates should open a branch in Beijing.