Posties in villages near Lincoln are being told to get off their iconic red bicycles due to health and safety.
Instead, 27 village rounds will transfer to van and push-trolley deliveries over the next couple of months.
Royal Mail says the end of the tradition – which is more than 100 years old – is because modern posties’ sacks are heavier and bulkier, containing more online shopping packages than letters.
The idea is to take the weight of workers’ shoulders and ensure deliveries can be made more safely and securely.
But the move has prompted one Eagle resident to voice his concerns to the Echo, describing the village postal worker now going door to door in a “smoky van” with no time for a friendly ‘good morning’.
Royal Mail spokesman Felicity MacFarlane said: “Royal Mail is making a number of changes to delivery methods as part of a £2 billion modernisation of its entire operation.
“This is part of one of the biggest transformations undertaken in UK industry and enables us to respond to changes within the postal market. As we deliver fewer letters but more parcels than we did in the past, we are removing bicycles from many of our operations across the UK.
“They are being replaced with vans and trolleys that enable us to take the weight off the shoulders of our staff and therefore deliver mail more securely and safely,”
Since 2010, Royal Mail has phased out about 14,000 post bikes nationally. The remaining 4,000 will go this year.
Communication Workers’ Union spokesman Sophie Kimber said: “We think it should be on a case by case basis.
“We don’t have a specific policy for or against.”
However, Royal Mail’s biggest rival TNT Post sees bicycle delivery as a growth area. Trevor Halstead, 55, who runs Church Street Cycles in Gainsborough, said he is sad to see the Royal Mail bikes go.
He said: “I’m also sad for Pashley who produce these bikes in Stratford-upon-Avon.
“In terms of safety, there’s no issue in delivering mail on a bike. I can understand the load issue of delivering parcels so I concede that might be a bit of a problem. I don’t see why letters and small items couldn’t still be delivered by bike.
“I remember the post lady we had in Glentham when I was a young lad.
“She used to cycle 30-odd miles on her round.”