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Monday, April 4, 2011

A Brief History of Bicycles in the Los Angeles Area [KCET]


A Brief History of Bicycles in the Los Angeles Area

on March 24, 2011 1:00 PMMembers of the L.A. Times Bicycle Club ride north on Western Avenue toward Hollywood, 1894. Courtesy of Braun Research Library Collections, Autry National Center: LS.14502
Members of the L.A. Times Bicycle Club ride north on Western Avenue toward Hollywood, 1894. Courtesy of Braun Research Library Collections, Autry National Center: LS.14502

Earlier this month, advocates of alternative transportation cheered as the City of Los Angeles approved a long-awaited bicycle master plan. With more than 1,600 miles of proposed bikeways, the plan envisions a future in which the bicycle is an integral part of urban transportation.
It also represents an embrace of the city's past and an era when bicycle paths rather than freeways or rail lines connected the Southland's communities. That era, as well as the succeeding years when cycling has competed with other modes of transportation, comes alive through archived images from Southern California's libraries, museums, and other cultural institutions.

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