Bike Shaped Objects

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Mapping the Urban Bicycle Mania of the 1890s
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Bicycle mania swept the nation at the end of the 19th century.

The maps in this post come from an earlier time when bicycle mania swept the nation: the 1890s. The bicycle as we know it—with two wheels of equal size, among other features—had just been invented. “Bikes really took off in cities because they provided the first affordable private transportation,” says Evan Friss, an urban historian at James Madison University. “Horses were expensive, and cars, by and large, didn’t exist yet.”

Then as now, bicycle advocates pushed for road improvements, and for dedicated lanes and paths for bike traffic. Local cycling clubs sprang up around the country (Manhattan alone had more than 50), and in 1897, the League of American Wheelmen boasted more than 100,000 members.


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Bike News Review – 8/11/13

Maps of 14 local bicycle routes, walking trails available
Portage Daily Register – 8/9/11
They’re here, they’re there, they’re at the fair. The long-awaited maps of 14 bicycle routes — which encompass all of Columbia County’s communities — are in print at last and also are expected to be available online at a variety of locations.

The Bike Box, an innovative bicycle parking station, is in need of a good home in Cuyahoga County
The Plain Dealer – 8/9/11
Interested in a re-purposed shipping container made to corral bikes? You’re in luck. LAND Studio is looking to place one last Bike Box in Cuyahoga County.

Alliance For Biking And Walking Summer Photo Contest
Urban Velo – 8/9/11
The Alliance For Biking and Walking is holding a summer photo contest where you could walk away with a Tern folding bike.



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