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Old 05-18-13, 09:15 AM   #1
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The late 1800's Bicycle Highway. Stretched form Pasadena to Los Angeles

Here's some article (sorry if they have been posted before) about a partially built bike super highway in southern california that was around during the late 1800's and early 1900's. Seems like something that actually could be done these days as well!

http://motherboard.vice.com/blog/in-...fornia-transit

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

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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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http://highlandpark.wordpress.com/20...rnia-cycleway/

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The Great California Cycleway opened in Pasadena around July of 1900. (Some sources say 1890, but its creator, Mr. Horace Dobbins didn’t start the Cycleway Company until 1897, and the only photos available of the cycleway date to 1900, likely when it was being shown.)



The California Cycleway was an elevated wooden bicycle highway that was designed to go from Hotel Green in Pasadena down the Arroyo, past Highland Park and into Downtown Los Angeles, ending at the Plaza on Olvera Street. Part of the design was to be a completely uninterrupted path by bridging over obstacles like creeks, roads, train tracks, and maintain only the slightest of grades (no more than 3%) over the 9 miles of smooth wooden track over an elevation of 600 feet. The entire project would have cost an estimated $187,500 at the time, and included a casino called, “Merlemount” to be placed midway in Arroyo Seco Park. (On top of where Debs Park is today??)
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you might like this map link, running doc.....

LAist story on map of historical bike routes in CA, downloadable at big maps project
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here's a link the 19th century california bike map, direct.

http://www.bigmapblog.com/2011/blums...-cyclers-1896/
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Old 05-18-13, 08:37 PM   #4
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Beautiful. It cost about as much one would spend on the trolley. The road was never built but only a small portion. We need a road like that today.
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Pretty awesome. I don't anyone would even consider building a toll-road for cyclists today.
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Beautiful. It cost about as much one would spend on the trolley. The road was never built but only a small portion. We need a road like that today.
"We" do? Where do "we" need a pay to ride toll road for bicyclists?
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i think the US has tens of thousands of miles of urban bike paths. luckily, they're not toll facilities.
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The fact is, bicycling presented the new car industry with roads to drive their cars on. A lot of drivers that seem to hate bikes probably dont know this.
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