America’s First Bike Lane

As a kid in the mid-1970s I lived in Davis, California. This history of activism, collaboration, and innovation escaped me at the time. I was just glad, as a junior high school student, to be able to bike from home in a subdivision west of downtown Davis along a separated bike path into the center of town to school, to the movie theater, to friends’ homes, and to the newsstand where I bought comic books. As far as I know, my parents didn’t worry about my doing so, and the habit stuck. Forty years later I’m still a bike commuter, planner, and advocate, applying some of the lessons learned in Davis fifty plus years ago.

~Thanks to Bradley Flamm for this post

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