With more than 125,000 bike trips taking place every day in Chicago, it’s clear that cycling is no longer a fringe activity, but a mainstream mode of transportation.
As demonstrated with 100 miles of new bike lanes, a growing number of new trails and new parks like The 606 and Big Marsh Bike Park, and the arrival of the popular Divvy bike-share program, conditions are better than ever for people who bike in Chicago. Bicycling magazine even crowned Chicago as the best bike city in 2016.
But this isn’t the first time Chicago has experienced a bicycling boom, according to the new book Cycling in Chicago.
The book — which Active Trans wrote the foreword for — describes how bicycling was all the rage in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It was a major player in...