The California Cycleway

Image: Dobbins Collection/Pasadena Museum of History

Over a hundred years ago, long before cars became popular, bicycles ruled the roads. They even had highways built just for them.

Highland Park blog tells us the historical oddity of the "bicycle super highway" called the California Cycleway:

The California Cycleway was an elevated wooden bicycle highway that was designed to go from Hotel Green in Pasadena down the Arroyo, past Highland Park and into Downtown Los Angeles, ending at the Plaza on Olvera Street. Part of the design was to be a completely uninterrupted path by bridging over obstacles like creeks, roads, train tracks, and maintain only the slightest of grades (no more than 3%) over the 9 miles of smooth wooden track over an elevation of 600 feet.  

But the subsequent cars craze drove that plan out the window and only a small portion of the Cycleway was ever built: Link - via The Presurfer

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