Finding Sidepaths

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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American Flyers

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

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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Sharing is Hard

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”

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.

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