Warm hugs for generous heart

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Great Bend, KS, City Carrier Annette Schloemer was on her route recently when she spotted a young girl struggling to remove a valve stem cap from a flat tire on her old, rusty bicycle. Schloemer asked the girl if she needed assistance, and when the girl said yes, the dedicated carrier went to work.

Though Schloemer managed to remove the cap, the valve stem was damaged and didn’t permit the air pump nozzle to secure tightly against it. Unable to render further aid, Schloemer continued on her route.

During the rest of her shift, Schloemer thought about the girl and the poor condition of her bicycle. Those thoughts continued when she went to the store after the end of her shift and found a way to help.

Schloemer returned to the girl’s home after the shopping trip and presented her with a brand new bicycle. The girl’s face illuminated with joy when she received her gift, and immediately put it to use. Both the girl and her mother thanked Schloemer with bright smiles and grateful hugs.

Celebrate Bicycling

Today, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates bicycling with the issuance of the Bicycling stamp series. 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.

What’s your most memorable recollection of bicycling?

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