Mailing out a postcard from a trip to the Grand Canyon or sending a letter to a relative that doesn’t own a computer and wouldn’t know what to do with an email anyway. The bike culture is no stranger to getting their beloved bikes placed on these tiny postage stamps. The Bicycle has been showing up on postage since 1932 in the Olympic games series and continued through the years making appearances between 1996 and 1998 on the American Transportation series and between 1981 and 1995 in the Transportation series where the bicycle pulled down a 5.9c price tag and its twin brother the tandem bike brought in 24.1c. As of yesterday there are a new series of stamps hitting the streets. Take a look at the announcement of the newest Bicycle stamps below.
With the issuance of these stamps, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates bicycling, one of the most popular outdoor activities in the country. 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 billions of 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, heart disease, and breast cancer while improving muscle tone and strength. Bicycling can also lower stress. Whether riding along a lakeside path or through the bike lanes of a bustling city, bicycling is therapeutic and just plain fun.
Art director Phil Jordan designed the stamps using illustrations by John Mattos.
The Bicycling stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.