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The Cycling City: Bicycles and Urban America in the 1890s

Evan Friss


This book explores the American cycling city of the 1890s. It is a city lost in history, but one in which bicycles and their champions influenced urban design and city life. Paved roads, bicycle paths, and reconceived traffic laws signaled what many believed to be was the beginning of a new era. The millions of people who called themselves cyclists envisioned that the bicycle would usher in a city that was cleaner, easier to navigate and would give residents shorter commutes, new recreational outlets, and improved health, both mental and physical. What they did not anticipate was that bicycles ... More

Keywords: bicycles, cycling, history, urban, cities, 1890s

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780226210919
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226211077.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Evan Friss, author
James Madison University