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Bicycle safety parade, 1949

Posted on April 17, 2017 | in Uncategorized | by

About 60 children lined up at the start of a bicycle safety parade on June 16, 1949, in downtown Lexington. The parade started at Midland Avenue, shown here looking east down the road. Today, Thoroughbred Park is on the left side, where the car dealership is shown, while the offices for the Herald-Leader are on the right. The parade went down Main Street, then past a judges’ reviewing stand on Mill Street. Lexington Mayor Tom Mooney spoke to the kids about bike safety and awarded prizes for the best-decorated bikes. The parade was sponsored by Montgomery Ward and Co. store, which gave participants literature on safety practices and materials for decorating their bicycles. Bobby Cornelison, 11, won first prize, a table radio. Other winners, all between ages 8 and 15, received prizes including a bike speedometer, a horn and a directional signal. Click on the image for a closer look. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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