Thursday, January 24, 2013

Time to buy Bicycling Forever stamps?

Postal rates are going up on Sunday (from $0.45 to $0.46) and Kelley of FABB pointed out that this is a good time to buy the Bicycling Forever stamps. I have some that I often use when mailing FABB letters. It's a easy way to promote bicycling. The press release the US Postal Service released with the stamps sums up the many reasons why bicycling promotes good health: Postal Service’s Bicycling Stamps Promote Healthy Lifestyle Cycling Reduces Obesity, Heart Disease; Improves Muscle Tone, Strength:
“Minneapolis is a city that’s universally regarded as one of the most bicycle-friendly in America,” said Michael Amato, vice president, Engineering Systems, in dedicating the stamps. “We’re saluting today a city whose citizens had the perseverance and the foresight to create a bicycle-friendly environment. Moreover, bicycling is a low-impact aerobic activity that just about everyone — from young children to retirees — can enjoy. Riding a bike lowers the risk of obesity, heart disease and breast cancer while improving muscle tone and strength. It also can lower stress. Whether riding along a lakeside path or through the bike lanes of a bustling city, bicycling is therapeutic and just plain fun.”

Joining Amato in dedicating the stamps were Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and Angela Keegan Benson, assistant news director, WCCO-TV.

“It’s fitting that the Postal Service has chosen Minneapolis for the national release of new bicycling stamps during Twin Cities Bike Walk Week,” said Mayor Rybak. “Minnesotans use their bikes for every reason imaginable – recreation, making the quick trip to the store, the commute to work and many more. Everyone benefits when people ride bikes, so join your neighbor and hop on yours today.”

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I'll note that the touring cyclist has a center of gravity that's way too high. She needs to get those bags down lower. :-)

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