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Old 11-03-11, 06:45 PM   #1
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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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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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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.

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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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