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Reconsidering the Victory Bike in WWII

Surprisingly, the WWII Victory Bike program hobbled manufacturing and severely limited bicycle use.

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Las Batallas de la Bici

Bike Battles is now in translation as Las Batallas de la Bici by Katakrak Press of Pamplona, Spain.

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Finding Sidepaths

How an enterprising librarian helped me find an obscure source that uncovered new bicycle history — and how I’m making sure it’s no longer difficult for other researchers to locate.

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A History of Sharing the Road

Bike lanes, busways, sharrows and sidewalks do not represent encroachments on a space that is the exclusive province of the automobile.

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Help find 1933 Nichibei Shoten (Fuji) catalog

Dear internet: I need your help. Do you know any Fuji-obsessed collectors?

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American Flyers

You may not have noticed, but it’s the thirtieth anniversary of the movie American Flyers. Can this Hollywood production tell us anything about the history of bicycling in America?

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Not Even Past

I saw strange marks in the asphalt: sharp gouges that looked as if dragons had clawed at the surface of the road.

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Cyclists need the LWCF

The untimely and inexplicable death of the Land and Water Conservation Fund deserves the attention of urban cyclists, city planners, and biking advocates. **UPDATED** with news of limited reauthorization!

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Sharing is Hard

We often work out proxies for fairness; you buy the drinks, I’ll pay for dinner. That’s what bike lanes are — proxies to enable a division of historically shared resources. No wonder they cause debate, because sharing is hard.

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There is no “car culture”

It is not just culture; it is a singular route through the events of the 20th century that has made the American transportation system distinct in the world.