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Old Posted Aug 23, 2013, 2:31 AM
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Originally Posted by mdiederi View Post
Pasadena Cycleway (a freeway for bicycles) in 1900. Made mostly of wood, the elevated cycleway was designed to run from the Hotel Green in Pasadena to the Plaza in Los Angeles, and was an attempt to speed up transportation and accommodate the booming bicycle craze at the time. In some areas the cycleway was planned to be 50 feet above the ground. The toll was going to be 10 cents for a one-way trip or 15 cents for a two-way ticket, or cyclist could take one of the trains back up the hill. The sudden popularity of automobiles quickly made the cycleway obsolete and the project was abandoned after only one and a half miles of the intended nine mile track was completed.

looking south, ca.1900.
Pasadena Museum of History

Pasadena Museum of History

Horace Dobbins, creator of the California Cycleway in 1900 showing off what would be the Cycleway's downfall, an automobile. Pasadena Museum of History

Thought the California- Horace Dobbins - Cycleway coverage was exhausted. Maybe not.

1900 - Glenarm Curve (Bicyclists, watch your speed!)


1899 - Promoter Horace Dobbins is said to be visible here. In dark suit? Built using the most modern construction equipment available. Dobbins was probably unconcerned about his structure's elasticity, as he was still 5-6 years ahead of a famous 1906 event in San Francisco.

1900 - Hotel Green. Get that ice tea and lemonade ready!

1904/05 - The tension is so high, the building is leaning! (End and/or beginning of the line?) If the given date is correct, this structure may have been usable for quite some time. Curious if anything remains. Probably not since most of the structure was timber, and could have been readily recycled.


The prototype?

" This is how the cycleway looked from 35 East Calif. st. in 1904 from Mr. Amandus Juers' and Mrs. Hattie Juers' home -- Mrs. Juers still lives there and still subscribes to your paper". Actual address of photograph is 44 East California St. according to the Pasadena City directory listing for Amandus Juers for 1904. Mre. Juers later moved to the other side of the street, possibly leading to confusion on the part of the notetaker.

The Elevated Cycleway was a marvel to be sure. But its popularity had to have been "mixed" given its close proximity to various residences. Amandus Juers' does not appear to be emoting "bliss."

(One hopes the bicyclists were responsible with their empty water bottles and energy bar wrappers.)

Wooden structures at 35 or 44 East California Street appear to have been replaced by bricked commercial affairs. However, a few vestiges may still exist. Structures behind 78 East California Street or the 600 Raymond Block look capable of having witnessed an elevated cycleway.

Last edited by BifRayRock; Aug 23, 2013 at 4:24 PM.
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