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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: