Bike safety c. 1930s

Published July 31, 2014 by Kirsten Delegard

Sometime in the late 1930s or early 1940s, Walter Scott demonstrated for a newspaper photographer the common (and dangerous) practice of “hitching” a bike on a car for speed and thrills. According to the photo caption, the boy lived at 814 Hawthorne Avenue, a neighborhood on the north edge of downtown that was flattened first by the construction of the Farmer’s Market and then the freeway.┬áSince the lad gave his name and address to a reporter, it’s not likely he was trying to hide his behavior from his mother. The image was probably created as part of a public safety campaign. Now it’s in the collection of historic newspaper photos at the Hennepin County Libraries Special Collections. Thanks to citizen-researcher Rita Yeada for locating and digitizing this and so many other amazing images.

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