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    Davis, California and the bicycle...twas not ever thus.

    I've seen Davis mentioned at least twice here recently.

    Here is a very interesting link to the history of biking as transportation
    in Davis since about the 60's........from the Davis Wiki.

    Lotsa photos.....

    http://daviswiki.org/Bicycle_History_Presentation/Full

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    Go and visit... see it for yourself.

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    Those of us who were there when it happened never thought to record what we had for posterity. Criminy, there aren't even any pictures around of what we had; we just took it for granted. Unfortunately, the few people who have tried to dig up a bit of what was going on have failed miserably. Just imagine looking down the street and seeing three thousand bikes being ridden and not a single car. Now walk or ride on over to a car parking lot; you will notice that it is nearly empty. Those were typical daily scenes when Davis was rightly called the bike capital of the world.

    My heart broke as I watched Davis become just another car-town. Many days I would see more cyclists in West Sacramento on my commute than I saw in Davis during the dark days of the '90s. But, it is rising again. There are early signs that the darkness is passing as a few more folks get back on their bikes. I hope to live long enough to see a return to the glory days.

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    Quote Originally Posted by genec View Post
    Go and visit... see it for yourself.
    Is this addressed to me? If so, needless advice. I put this up
    because a trip over there today for something else reminded me of it.

    If addressed to others, it is difficult to envision fifty years of history
    in a visit, don'tcha think ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
    Those of us who were there when it happened never thought to record what we had for posterity. Criminy, there aren't even any pictures around of what we had; we just took it for granted.
    The greatest risks to advocacy are often success....i think maybe
    he says that in the presentation. Certainly it worked that way with
    anti -war stuff.

    Quote Originally Posted by B. Carfree View Post
    My heart broke as I watched Davis become just another car-town. Many days I would see more cyclists in West Sacramento on my commute than I saw in Davis during the dark days of the '90s. But, it is rising again. There are early signs that the darkness is passing as a few more folks get back on their bikes. I hope to live long enough to see a return to the glory days.
    If you really want to hit bottom (and who doesn't), cruise around and
    check out the Davis bike shops that remain. I was particularly amused
    (and taken with) something called the Davis Bike Exchange in the strip
    mall next to Aggie Liquors at 5th and L. As I wandered around in there
    looking at row upon row of rusty Schwinns, i kept hearing "Dueling Banjos"
    bouncing around in my head.

    Wheelworks is, as closely as I can tell, 100% carbon fiber, low spoke,
    speed racer bikes; and there was another place on 2nd, i think, that
    sells some reasonably serviceable newer stuff. The used market, other
    than the aforementioned "Deliverance" bike shop and the bike collective,
    has migrated to Craigslist.......which I presume is the case everywhere
    now.

    But yeah, still many, many autos......mine included. Hey, at least
    mine's electric.
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