Feel Like a Kid Again While Visiting the Houston Bicycle Museum
We all remember our first bike as well as the times we fell on the ground trying to keep the balance going forward. The only protection between the walkway and us were our helmets, elbow and kneepads. After many attempts, tears and frustration, the smile on our faces was the best prize for the victory of riding our bikes on our own, without any adults helping us.
The Houston Bicycle Museum opened its doors just a few months ago in remembrance of those times and bringing the story of this fun and useful vehicle to our city. There you’ll find on display collections of antique and classic bicycles in addition to cycle related memorabilia. The Museum covers the spectrum of cycling from the very beginning in the mid-1850s, at its infancy and chronicling its evolution through today’s more sophisticated bikes.
Joy Boone, the founder, explained to Connexion W how this museum – that is a non-profit organization – came to life.
“We bought a foreclosure property with the idea of using the first floor as a bike museum. We owned a bike shop, where we bought bikes, saved them and now we have a bunch of interesting ones. Can’t say they’re all antiques, but some of them are around 56 years old,” she said.
The museum provides an informative and educational glimpse of how the bicycle and cycling have influenced our form of transportation, our leisure activities, our culture, our society, and our lives. It also explains how, by using the developing technologies of each era, the bicycle has progressed in our ever-changing world.
“We hope people will come through and talk about their first bike and how it made them feel. I think that’s the most universal thing around the world. Everybody had a bike and the first time they were able to get out of the house and get away from mom and ride to freedom, they all remember that,” said Boone.
Boone shared a final message for visitors and the younger generations: “Be active, lay your devices down, go out and use your brain to explore the world.”
Further information Houston Bicycle Museum, 1313 Binz, Houston, Texas 77004. Visit www.houstonbicyclemuseum.org or call 713-459-4669 for more details.