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The U.S. Postal Service adds another stamp devoted to transportation

May 31, 2012 - 12:00 PM
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Breaking transportation news, folks — the U.S. Post Office just added a stamp devoted to biking.

The Post Office has a long history of transportation stamps. Consider this web page, devoted entirely to "Trains on U.S. Stamps," with examples from more than a century ago. Cars also receive plenty of attention. Here's a 1999 stamp devoted to the Ford Mustang on its 35th anniversary. We've celebrated the fins and chrome of '50s cars. AAA received its own stamp more than half a century ago when the auto club celebrated its 50th birthday. Even the nonexistent hover car has received its own stamp!

And now, on June 7, our U.S. Postal Service will issue a stamp simply called "Bicycling" and show generic images of cyclists out and enjoying their passion. Next up, let's hope for stamps devoted to car-sharing, taxicabs, and the D.C. Metro ... I can't find any examples of those offhand. The closest we have are last year's Go Green stamps, devoted broadly to walking, biking, and public transportation through the lens of environmental concern. But here's the Post Office's description of the new biking stamp and how they created it:

Rendered in graphic retro fashion, these U.S. Postal Service Bicycling (Forever®) stamps celebrate the American love of bicycling, one of the most popular outdoor activities in the country.

Remember the day you learned to ride a bike? That exhilarating sense of freedom is one you never forget and can easily recapture every time you hop on a bike. Perhaps that's why millions of Americans young and old enjoy bicycling so much.

But bicycling isn't just fun. It's also good for the environment and for you. Each ride you take cuts down on traffic congestion, fuel consumption, and vehicle emissions. And riding a bike lowers the risk of obesity, heart disease, and breast cancer, while reducing stress and improving muscle tone and strength.

So climb on! And be the first to help us celebrate this healthy, affordable, and eco-friendly means of transportation with these striking Bicycling stamps.

Art director Phil Jordan designed the stamps using illustrations by San Francisco illustrator John Mattos. Each of the four Bicycling (Forever®) stamps features a different kind of bike and cyclist: a young child learning to ride, a commuter pedaling to work, a road racer intent on the finish line, and an airborne BMX rider.

The Bicycling stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps, which are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.

Buy your bike stamp here (remember, the Post Office is struggling!) and hat tip to our local bike shop BicycleSPACE.

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