• Transportation Research Board

      TRB 98th Annual Meeting

      January 13–17, 2019

    • Interactive Program


Annual Meeting Event Detail

Lectern Session 470

From Boom to Boom and Beyond: The History of Bicycle Transportation and Planning in the United States, 1890s to the Present

Tuesday 8:00 AM- 9:45 AM
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Bradley Flamm, West Chester University, presiding
Sponsored by:
Standing Committee on Transportation History (ABG50)
Standing Committee on Bicycle Transportation (ANF20)

The history of U.S. bicycle transportation and planning began with an explosion of technological innovation and popularity in the late 19th century that affected bicycle, motor vehicle, and pedestrian planning throughout the 20th century. During the first half of the century, bicycles were regarded as recreational for adults and toys for children but rarely as a serious transportation mode. Then the 1970s witnessed a second boom of interest in and sales of bicycles, just as conflicts emerged between “vehicular cyclists” and advocates for protected bicycle infrastructure, shaping subsequent bicycle planning debates and trends. This session explores this evolution and these conflicts with three insightful papers and time for discussion.

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Title Presentation Number
Between the Booms: Bicycle Planning in 20th-Century New York
Evan Friss, James Madison University
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Reconsidering the Victory Bike in World War II: Federal Transportation Policy, History, and Bicycle Commuting in America
James Longhurst, University of Wisconsin, La Crosse
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A Historical Perspective on the AASHTO Guide for the Development of Bicycle Facilities and the Impact of the Vehicular Cycling Movement
William Schultheiss, Toole Design Group, LLC
Rebecca Sanders, Toole Design Group, LLC
Jennifer Toole, Toole Design Group, LLC
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Martin Wachs, University of California, Los Angeles