Bicycle Lane – 1895 Style!

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Wood Sidewalk

“Bicycle Road in Prospect.

A Road is proposed to be built from Oregon City to Eugene.

The following letter was received this morning by County Judge Fisk, and explains itself:

ALBANY, Ore., Feb 5, 1895, County Court, Lane County, Ore.

GENTLEMEN: A movement is on foot to build a bicycle road from Oregon City to Eugene, plank six feet wide, if right of way can be secured.  The object is to build it along the side of the county roads by most direct route.  Road to be tolled for bicyclists but free to school children and pedestrians.  All crossings to be kept in repair at the expense of the company.  Please let me know the pleasures of the county court, in a general way, after the next session.  Respectfully Yours, C. H. Dalrymple.

Mr. Dalrymple is a prominent attorney of Albany, and the road proposed in his letter is a very feasible and practical one.  Bicyclist, by paying a small toll over this road could ride easily the entire length of the road almost any day in the year and the walk being free to pedestrians means something as well.  The originators of the company, their complete plans, etc., are not known at the present but more will be heard in regard to the proposition later on.”

Daily Eugene Guard (Eugene, OR), Sep. 5, 1895, pg. 1, col. 2.

I don’t know of any of this proposed bike “road” was ever built – but who would have ever guessed that in less than a hundred years later bike lanes and paths would cover much of state.  As an avid cyclist myself, I enjoy them very much – just grateful they are not wood planks that would turn into slick slimy paths with the Oregon wet weather. GT

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About gtoftdahl

Researching in Oregon Newspapers
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