02 May '12, 7pm

Bike Boom! Almost as Many Bicycles as Cars on One New York Route

Bike Boom! Almost as Many Bicycles as Cars on One New York Route

Harper's Weekly, 1894 /Screen capture When the bicycle boomed in New York City in the last few years of the 19th century, it boomed big. New York's Western Boulevard, slanting outward from Columbus Circle to Riverside Drive, transformed from a once-quiet residential street to a thoroughfare for thousands of bicycles, especially on weekends. City cyclists used the road for sedate weekend rides, as a way to enjoy a little nature in the city, and to show off their bicycle outfits. With the advent of the automobile around the century's turn, bicycling continued, but the car edged its way in, and then smothered the bicycle movement. Yet now the bike it enjoying a new boom in the New York City Metro area, according to a study from the New Jersey Department of Transportation. Obviously, cyclists already knew their numbers in the city were increasing, and local organizations like ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/bike-boom-almost-many-cyc...

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