I live in suburbia. Like most of suburbia, all the streets in my suburb curve or wind to slow down traffic and break up lines of sight. I live on a cul de sac. It’s cozy and the kids can use the street at the “bottom of the bag” for football and other games without fear of being run over by through traffic.
I rather like it.
The people who don’t like it, are those who drive large service vehicles like the trash truck, the short school bus or delivery flat panel trucks. At least once a day, I am treated to the sight of large vehicle usually, a delivery truck, backing a filling several times to out of the cul de sac. When I hear air brakes and backup beeps and I know whats doing on. I’ve often wondered if there was a better vehicle to use, especially for the delivery trucks.
Yep, there is. While taking a constitutional down the street to the park, I saw one of these whizzing towards me full of packages. It turned into my cul de sac so I followed and asked the driver if she was UPS (because of her uniform.)
Yep, she was. I watched her complete a delivery and the process was much faster. Instead of having to go back in the truck for the package, she just hoped out of the cart and grabbed the package on the way by. Even getting back in the vehical was a fraction of second faster than for a truck. Then, instead of backing and filling to get out of the cul de sac, she just whipped the golf cart around with room to spare and was gone. The only snag in the process was me waving her down to confirm she was UPS.
I didn’t have the chance to time the delivery but it was obviously a good 15 to 2o seconds faster than a delivery using the panel van. Might not sound like much but summed over thousands of deliveries, it’s a massive time savings.
The driver said they only use it in neighborhoods that allow golf carts which mine does because of a golf course a few streets over. It’s defiantly only a good weather system. You couldn’t use an open golf cart for deliveries in one of our infamous central Texas thunderstorms/tornadoes/hurricanes/fire-storms/alien-invasions.
Still, heck of good idea. It saves money, time and resources which increases customer value. Heck, it’s even better for the environment. It’s safer for residents, especially children, because the driver of a golf cart is a lot less likely to back over a kid than the driver of panel van. The golf cart won’t ding cars as much either.
Of course, certain people don’t like the idea, which says a lot I think. UPS is unionized by the Teamsters, historically the most corrupt, violent and laziest major union in America. I’m pretty sure they’ve been under continous investigation and/or oversight since the Kennedy’s went after Hoffa in the early 60s. It’s amazing UPS has been able to introduce such an innovation at all and clearly the Teamsters are fighting it.
*Sigh* How are we supposed to compete in a global market place with these greedy millstones wrapped around out necks?