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Episode 5: The Rise of Everyday Environmentalism

The Donora Pennsylvania Smog, the Cuyahoga River lit ablaze, the Santa Barbara oil spill, and the 1970’s oil crisis, culminated in the environmental decade which saw the passage of a whole host of environmental legislation. It was time for action, Americans across the nation embraced the bicycle to not only save money but also do their part to protect the environment and advocate for change.


In The Rise of Everyday Environmentalism, Hear UR explores the environmental movement in Rochester and how the bike brought people together.


Sam Cadwell

Producer, Writer & Sound Engineer

Henry S.

Producer & Writer

Maryah Albahhar


Works Cited

Days, M. (1979, July 28). Since gas crunch, bike sales are pedalling [sic] to record high. Democrat and Chronicle.

Dilworth, K. (1975, May 4). Safety a problem for cyclists. Democrat and Chronicle.

Dilworth, K. D. (1974, April 1). 'Gas' crisis sparks cycle explosion. Democrat and Chronicle.


Hsu, Charlotte. “Earth Day Is Turning 50. Here’s What the First One Was Like in 1970.” UBNow: News, 31 Jan. 2020, earth-day.html.


Marks, Ben. “The Hippie Daredevils Who Were Just Crazy Enough to Invent Mountain Biking.” Collectors Weekly, were-just-crazy-enough-to-invent-mountain-biking/.


Pavia, J. (1979, June 4). Water, shore problems close some beaches. Democrat and Chronicle.


Voisin, E. (1976, June 27). Task Force Urges New Bike Laws. Democrat and Chronicle.

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