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While the Chicago region’s population grew by 18 percent since 1980, the traffic increased by 66 percent in the same period.

Elmhurst, where bicycles are more common than horses

The most recent issue of the weekly newspaper, the Elmhurst Independent, took a look back to 1895. In between notices for a cord of firewood for $4 (delivered!) and an account of local farmers who are eager to start working their fields, there is this brief mention baseball and bicycling.

April 7, 1895: What to do after church on Sunday? Well, 'Sunday games of base ball are fashionable'… Or how about a bike ride? 'Bicycles are all the rage here, they being far more numerous than horses.

You can download the April 6, 2011 issue of the Elmhurst Independent here (beware, it's a big PDF file).