Presidents And Bicycles

Theodore-Roosevelt

Many modern United States Presidents have embraced the bicycle. We can think of no better way to honor the office of the Presidency on this Presidents Day than by taking a historical look at Presidents and bicycles. Pictured above is President Theodore Roosevelt in 1902. While the President is not personally riding a bicycle his police escort are pedaling chainless bicycles. Also of interest in this image is that the President is riding in a Pope-made electric automobile. Photo courtesy Fusion Studios.

President Harding greeting boy scouts who rode from Columbus, Ohio - 1921 Photo courtesy Sears

President Harding greeting boy scouts who rode from Columbus, Ohio – 1921 Photo courtesy Sears

Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride. ~President John F. Kennedy

Nixon family bicycles through cherry trees in Washington D.C. Photo courtesy Slate.

Nixon family bicycles through cherry trees in Washington D.C. Photo courtesy Slate.

President Gerald Ford (on bike) surrounded by cousins in front of Grand Rapids childhood home, Ca 1915. Photo courtesy Ford Presidential Library

President Gerald Ford (on bike) surrounded by cousins in front of Grand Rapids childhood home, Ca 1915. Photo courtesy Ford Presidential Library

President Jimmy Carter on his Rivendell bicycle in his hometown of Plains, Georgia. Photo courtesy Renovo Media

President Jimmy Carter on his Rivendell bicycle in his hometown of Plains, Georgia. Photo courtesy Renovo Media

President Ronald Reagan. Photo courtesy Treehugger

President Ronald Reagan. Photo courtesy Treehugger

President George H. W. Bush with Barbara Bush in China. Photo courtesy Bicycle Spokesman.com

President George H. W. Bush with Barbara Bush in China. Photo courtesy Bicycle Spokesman.com

President Bill Clinton receiving a bicycle from Tour de France Champion Lance Armstrong, 1999. Photo courtesy The White House.

President Bill Clinton receiving a bicycle from Tour de France Champion Lance Armstrong, 1999. Photo courtesy The White House.

President George W. Bush mountain biking. Photo courtesy Treehugger.

President George W. Bush mountain biking. Photo courtesy Treehugger.

President Barack Obama with his daughter Malia bicycling around Martha's Vineyard, 2010. Photo courtesy AFP

President Barack Obama with his daughter Malia bicycling around Martha’s Vineyard, 2010. Photo courtesy AFP

 

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