By David Hartwig
For the celebration of World Bicycle Day on June 3 this year, the United Nations Postal Administration will issue a panel of 10 stamps with labels.
In 2018, the United Nations General Assembly designated June 3 as the annual observance of World Bicycle Day. According to the United Nations, the day “brings attention to the benefits of using bicycles – a simple, affordable, clean and environmentally friendly sustainable form of transport”.
Stamps are denominated 1.50 francs for use at the United Nations Post Office at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, Switzerland. Bicycles used in various ways make up the designs of the 10 stamps.
Three of the 10 stamps show riderless bicycles. The other seven show cyclists alone or in groups of two or three. Some of them seem to travel for leisure or for exercise. However, one design shows two bicycles overloaded with plants carried by the two cyclists.
Stamp designs are based on photographs. The edge of the glass also features images of bicycles, including a penny-farthing. Also known as the high wheel, popular in the 1870s and 1880s, it was one of the first machines to be called a bicycle.
One image in the selvage shows a cyclist participating in the sport of mountain biking, and another shows a cyclist on a bike designed for motocross stunt biking.
A se-tenant (side-by-side) label with the UN logo appears to the left of each stamp. Although UNPA calls this a “Special Event Sheet”, customers can personalize the labels with a photograph replacing the UN logo by visiting UN Headquarters or by uploading their photographs to the UNPA website.
world bike day describes the positive environmental impacts resulting from cycling, such as cleaner air and less congestion. The United Nations also claims that cycling provides the most vulnerable populations with better access to education, health care and other social services.
These services are made more accessible both by the use of bicycles and by the routes on which to take them. According to the World Health Organization, safe infrastructure for walking and cycling is a form of transportation for people in poorer urban areas who may not be able to afford private vehicles.
Bicycles also contribute to better health. The United Nations says cycling can reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, certain cancers and diabetes.
Additionally, the United Nations claims that due to cycling promoting economic growth, reducing inequality and boosting the fight against climate change, it is a sustainable transport system. essential to achieving the organization’s sustainable development goals.
The 17 Sustainable Development Goals, as part of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, were agreed in 2015 by all 193 UN Member States as part of a global effort to end poverty , to ensure prosperity and to protect the planet.
The 17 goals are presented in an issue of UNPA dated October 24, 2016 (Scott New York 1147, Geneva 629 and Vienna 597).
The June 3 World Bike Day stamps measure 40.6 millimeters by 29.8 mm each, the labels measure 26.6 mm by 29.8 mm, and the glass measures 279.4 mm by 215.9 mm.
A first-day ceremony for World Bike Day stamps will be held June 3 at the Napex Stamp Exhibit at the Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, 7920 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, Va.
To order World Bike Day stamps and related products, visit the UNPA website; email [email protected]; phone 212-963-7684 or 800-234-8672; or write to UNPA, Box 5900, Grand Central Station, New York, NY 10163-5900.
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