Bikes, Bikes, Bikes!
by Jonah Holland, PR & Marketing Coordinator, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden
Since Richmond is going bike-crazy getting ready for Richmond 2015, we thought we’d join the fun and share this photo with you! Check it out: the baby is riding between the 2 adults and no one is wearing a helmet! I love how the woman on the right of the photo pulled over just to check the bike contraption out.
On page 155 of Lewis Ginter: Richmond’s Gilded Age Icon, Brian Burn’s book on Lewis Ginter, he says: About a year after the opening of the Lakeside Wheel Club, its members could cycle from Richmond to the clubhouse in thirty minutes using the “Missing Link” bicycle track. The lane was composed of packed cinders and stretched from Broad Street to Hermitage Road, parallel to the Boulevard. At that time, that section of the Boulevard was a rough country road used by carriages.”
Tom Houff, author of On Richmond’s Wheel about cycling in Richmond, shared this photo with us “notice how an infant rides between two bicycles that are connected. That was the Golden Gate Park in California. I like it because it shows people out enjoying bicycle rides. The two bikes joined is technically a quadricycle, which evolved (thank you bicycle mechanic, Henry Ford) into the automobile.” Neat Stuff!