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Bike News Roundup: Bicycle rush hour in Detroit (1899)

I’m in the air today, headed back from a crazy couple weeks in St. Louis. Lots of wonderful bike stuff happening here. If you are ever in town, you must go to the HandleBar, a great bicycle-themed bar. Wonderful murals, bike art, beer and music in the Grove neighborhood.

Here’s a quick roundup of bikey stuff floating around the Web this week. As always, this is an open thread.

First up, check out the Motor City’s incredible bicycle rush hour just over 100 years ago (Update: This video was mislabeled. Todd Scott commented below to say it is actually from an 1899 fire drill. Still super cool to watch!):


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Finally, here’s an adorable video of the 2011 Balance Bike World Championships:

Balance Bike JoJo takes on Toddler No-Pedal Racing from Balance Bike JoJo on Vimeo.


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3 responses to “Bike News Roundup: Bicycle rush hour in Detroit (1899)”

  1. That Detroit movie is actually from 1899 and was not rush hour — as I’d originally thought too — but a fire drill at the Parke Davis pharmaceutical company. There were 400 bicycles.

    This movie was shown at a Detroit vaudeville theater some weeks later — which was a big deal since movies were new. I’ve written more about it at http://www.m-bike.org/blog/2011/12/02/parke-davis-in-1899-bike-to-work-day-is-everyday/

    1. Tom Fucoloro

      Thanks for the update and the research, Todd.

    2. DrGeoduck

      Critical Mass 1899!

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