Century of Cycling
By the time the Post wrote about "Reviving the Bicycle" in its issue of February 15, 1908, bicycling had already peaked the decade before. By 1904, editors wrote, American bike manufacturers had built only a quarter million of the devices. Nevertheless, three years later that number tripled.
Bicycling as either a sport or transportation method never really went away, as evidenced by the one billion bicycles in the world today (400 million in China alone), according to the international website didyouknow.cd.
The difference between now and a century ago, of course, is that we didn't clog our streets with gas-guzzling monsters, and communities need to create pathways, or "greenways," for bike riders to travel in safety.
The facilities of Greenways, Inc., based in Durham, North Carolina (greenways.org), fit all skill levels and can be found both on- and off-road. Rails-to-Trails, a similar group (railstrails.org), creates its multipurpose public paths from former railroad corridors. Have attitudes toward bicycling changed all that much since 1908?
If you worried about falling off the bike, you'd never get on.--Lance Armstrong, Every Second Counts, 2003
Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world.--Susan B. Anthony, U.S. crusader for women's suffrage, 1820-1906
It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up them and coast down them.--Ernest Hemingway, U.S. writer, 1899-1961
A good cyclist does not need a high road.--Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, writer and creator of Sherlock Holmes, 1859-1930
I thought of that [the theory of relativity] while riding my bike.--Albert Einstein, 1879-1955
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