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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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Anoutsa Latsapanya

Sound Engineer

Penny Sergei


Brad Beckwith

Lead Researcher

Works Cited

Arnold, Bion J., Arnold W. Brunner, and Frederick Law Olmsted. A City Plan for Rochester: A Report

Prepared for the Rochester Civic Improvement Committee. New York: The Cheltenham Press,


McCally, Karen. “Bloomers & Bicycles: Health and Fitness in Victorian Rochester” Rochester History

69, no. 2 (2008) 

McCullough, Robert L. Old Wheelways: Traces of Bicycle History on the Land. Cambridge: MIT Press,


McKelvey, Blake. “East Avenue’s Turbulent History.” Rochester History, 33, no. 2 & 3 (April & July


McKelvey, Blake. “Rochester's Metropolitan Prospects in Historical Perspective” Rochester History, 19,

no. 3 (July 1957).

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