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In 1897, a Bicycle Superhighway Was the Future of California Transit | Motherboard:

In 1897, a wealthy American businessman named Horace Dobbins began construction on a private, for-profit bicycle superhighway that would stretch from Pasadena to downtown Los Angeles. It may seem like a preposterous notion now—everyone knows Angelenos don’t get out of their cars—but at the time, amidst the height of a pre-automobile worldwide cycling boom, the idea attracted the attention of some hugely powerful players. And it almost got built.

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In 1897, a Bicycle Superhighway Was the Future of California Transit | Motherboard:

In 1897, a wealthy American businessman named Horace Dobbins began construction on a private, for-profit bicycle superhighway that would stretch from Pasadena to downtown Los Angeles. It may seem like a preposterous notion now—everyone knows Angelenos don’t get out of their cars—but at the time, amidst the height of a pre-automobile worldwide cycling boom, the idea attracted the attention of some hugely powerful players. And it almost got built.

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This is what a Los Angeles bike path looked like in 1900  Before it became a freeway.

The plan was to start the path at the Green Hotel in Pasadena and end in Downtown Los Angeles, with nothing more than a 3% grade at any one point.  Smooth sailing for all those Edwardian Californians who would suit up in hats, ties, and ankle-length dresses, hop on a bicycle and pedal into that great 19th Century outdoor craze.

Here’s old Horace Dobbins, the creator of the CycleWay and former mayor of Pasadena, in an apparent moment of ideological self-destruction:   is that a CAR on your bike path, sir? 

Check out this terrific blog entry, which will give you more detail about the CycleWay, including a GoogleMap.

piware:

This is what a Los Angeles bike path looked like in 1900  Before it became a freeway.

Where it all began.  (Pasadena)

The plan was to start the path at the Green Hotel in Pasadena and end in Downtown Los Angeles, with nothing more than a 3% grade at any one point.  Smooth sailing for all those Edwardian Californians who would suit up in hats, ties, and ankle-length dresses, hop on a bicycle and pedal into that great 19th Century outdoor craze.

Here’s old Horace Dobbins, the creator of the CycleWay and former mayor of Pasadena, in an apparent moment of ideological self-destruction:   is that a CAR on your bike path, sir? 

Bike (or take a trolley) to the Opera, anyone?

Check out this terrific blog entry, which will give you more detail about the CycleWay, including a GoogleMap.

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