The (Dreaded) Bicycle Face of the 1890s

The mid-1880s US introduction to the safety bicycle catapulted the nascent mode of transportation from fad to full-blown institution. Each day scores of new bicyclists took to the wheel for the first time. Proponents lauded the freedom and health benefits, but others, perhaps unsure of how to handle the bicycling boom, railed against biking and bicyclists. By the mid-1890s, detractors began warning of the dangerous ramifications of using the recently-favored means of travel.

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