Title

The History of Cycling in Illinois

Abstract

"It is often forgotten that from 1890 until about 1930 bicycling reigned supreme as the most popular sport in America. Bicycle racers were well-paid celebrities and races routinely attracted thousands of spectators. The social elite were members of cycling clubs with private clubhouses. This period of cycling history is particularly significant because it had a direct impact on social progress in the areas of race, class and gender. Historically, Illinois was home to the majority of the country’s bicycle manufacturers (Schwinn being the most well-known). Bicycle races were big business in both Chicago and Central Illinois. Chris, Associate Professor and Info Literacy Librarian, will explore this forgotten history, which has been buried in archives and old newspapers."

Disciplines

History