18 august 1968 & bicycledelic day
#OTD 18 August 1968 The National Park Service's Summer in the Parks program hosted Bicycledelic Day on the Ellipse. It was everything bicycle, all day. The day started with a bicycle race for young people that was sponsored by the DC Recreation Department. At 1pm, there was an exhibition of antique bicycle, including a 9 foot high unicycle, a 19th century wooden bicycle and an 1869 'bone shaker'. Bicycle entertainers included the King George unicyclists from New York who danced and played basketball while on wheels. The day ended with races sponsored by the Amateur Bicycle League. Individuals raced from five to thirty miles around the city.
Your comments are welcome below. Did you, family members or friends participate in Bicycledelic Day? Were you a spectator? Did you ride bicycles in 1968? What kind of bicycle? Do you have photographs of you and your bicycle? Were you part of a bicycle club? Were you an amateur or professional race? You may comment privately here.
Photo source: Courtesy National Park Service, Trends April 1969.
Herman Schaden, "Ellipse Show to Feature Odd Models," Evening Star 16 August 1968.