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Swiss Postal Service 2004 Issue
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Cycling in Switzerland

Swiss Postal Service has issued a new mini-sheet with 2 stamps that have a postage value of 1.00 chf each on the 3rd of March 2004 named "Cycling in Switzerland. The stamps have been issued to inform the public and the world of the success Switzerland has made in becoming a cycling country. Since 1998 cyclists have cover between 130 and 150 million kilometers on Switzerland special cycling routes, generating sales of 110 million to 170 million in Swiss francs. It is estimated that 100,000 to 200,000 spend several days on the road and stay overnight in hotels, youth hostels, private accommodation, on farms or camping sites. They travel by bike in varied combination with trains, buses and boats. Cycling has quickly become a permanent place in Switzerland's summer tourism activities. The body responsible for the success is the "Cycling in Switzerland" Foundation. Established in 1995, it covers all the cantons (States of the Swiss confederation) and is linked with the leading bodies in tourism, sport and transport. Just about every resident in Switzerland is connected to "Cycling in Switzerland" Foundation through membership of a sports or automobile club or , ultimately, through their home canton

The aim of the Foundation is to promote sustainable mobility in Switzerland. Its first major project was to create nine national cycling routes with a total length of 3000 km featuring standard signposting and communication via Internet and route guides. With the success of that project, it began a second major project called Human Powered Mobility which was presented at the Swiss National Exhibition in 2002. This project developed a network of routes, complemented by some 40 different structures, for both cyclists (170 kilometers) and - as a first for Switzerland-skaters (90 kilometers). Since the project completion, some 150,000 cyclist and skaters have benefited from these amenities. The foundation is now working on one of its biggest project called SchweizMobil. This project will expand the quality of the Cycling in Switzerland range with Hiking in Switzerland, Skating in Switzerland and Canoeing in Switzerland. The cycling range itself will be expanded 5000 km of regional cycling routes and by Mountain Biking in Switzerland. The goal of the Cycling in Switzerland Foundation is to make Switzerland the international market leader when it comes to providing hiking, cycling, skating and canoeing facilities.

"Cycling in Switzerland" mini-sheet can be purchased as a single mini-sheet, Folder, Collection Sheet, or FDC. The size of each stamp is 33mm x 28mm with a perforation size of 13 3/4. The mini-sheet size is 96mm x 70mm. The stamps will be printed by De La Rue Global Services London, England using the Offset 4 color printing process with 102 gsm matted Gummed paper. The paper will be treated with an optical brightener.

Cycling in Switzerland FDC Stamp

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