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Victorian Bikeification

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Talk about a bike plan: in 1899 the Mayor of Pasadena proposed a nine-mile elevated bicycle freeway to run between his city and Los Angeles. A 1.25 mile stretch opened on New Year's Day 1900 but "it was the only segment ever completed. By the end of the year, a lack of investment and declining ridership forced Dobbins to abandon his grand plans for a bicycle freeway. Nearly 40 years later, the Arroyo Seco Parkway would trace much of the cycleway's planned route." [LA Mag, image via]