Commute by Bike — The United States Postal Service is ready to again give us our day in line with stamps celebrating bicycling–having already honored The Simpsons, Cinderella, E.T., countless cars, motorcycles, aircraft, trains, plus real and fictional spaceships. (Not to mention the Gambling-Addicted Twin Sister of The Statue of Liberty).
Each of the four colorful se-tenant stamps features a different kind of bike and rider: a young child just learning to ride with training wheels, a commuter pedaling to work, a road racer intent on the finish line, and an airborne BMX rider.
Recent surveys indicate that Americans enjoy approximately 2.5 billion bike rides a year. Bicycling organizations around the country report increased participation in local biking activities, and nearly half of all Americans say they would like more bicycling resources, such as trails and bike lanes, in their communities.
Bicycling is a low-impact aerobic activity that just about everyone — from young children to retirees — can enjoy. The health benefits are impressive: Riding a bike lowers the risk of obesity and heart disease, while improving muscle tone and strength. Bicycling can also lower stress.
Earlier this year a utilitarian cyclist was featured in the Go Green stamp series. The rider is hunched over, straining to transport a strange assortment of items: some bamboo poles, a football, a picture frame, a pineapple, a bottle of milk, and poking out the front basket are Freddy Krueger‘s hands.
The Postal Service is the owner of the world’s second largest civilian fleet of vehicles (behind Wal-Mart). A press release about the stamps also says that USPS is “helping the environment by delivering mail by bicycle in locations throughout Arizona and Florida.”
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