Episode 3: Rochester's 1911 Bike Plan: A Path Not Taken
At the turn of the 20th century, Rochester was booming like never before. The expanding city needed a cohesive plan for parks, transportation, libraries, and more. In 1911, Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. and Arnold W. Brunner published a plan for Rochester which would unify its park system and envisioned bold changes embracing the City Beautiful movement.
In Rochester’s 1911 Bike Plan: A Path Not Taken, we explore the plan’s context, what happened to the plan, and how it continues to shape our future.
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McCullough, Robert L. Old Wheelways: Traces of Bicycle History on the Land. Cambridge: MIT Press,
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