Luis Vivanco is a cultural anthropologist at the University of Vermont. He also loves bicycles. I often see Luis and his family riding to our children's school and at fundraising events. When I saw he was leading a historical tour, related to his recent book Reconsidering the Bicycle: An Anthropological Perspective on a New (Old) Thing, well, I couldn't miss it. After listening to his lecture last winter, I knew Luis had done his homework on Burlington's bicycle history. I was ready for a fun time.
|The artistic entrance way at Old Spoke's Home.|
|Glen holds the wheel.|
|A home on Loomis Street once held Lane Bicycles.|
|Luis takes his costume seriously, reciting more history.|
A few more stops, one depicting a county fair where a horse track was used to race bicycles, (now city residences) and it was on to pedestrian friendly Church Street, the heart of our Queen City. It was once bicycle central with 6 shops selling bicycles, plus sewing machines and hardware.
With cycling gaining momentum today, it's nice to recall when bicycles outnumbered cars, when one could race a trolley, ride macadam roads without mud crusted ruts (Burlington had great roads early on), or go for pleasure rides with your friends.