Pedal Backwards

Commuting by bike in Santa Clara County has been a staple throughout the centuries.  

The Bay Area’s bullet trains from San Francisco to San Jose are often squished with bike commuters. But, still, they’ve got nothing on this long-ago rail car stopping in San Jose. The precise date is unknown, but it could probably be guesstimated by pinpointing when men last wore newsboy caps in a non-ironic fashion.

To learn more about the history of bicycling in Santa Clara County, Silicon Valley Bikes! Passion, Innovation & Politics Since 1880 is on view at History Park’s Pacific Hotel, a replica of an original 19th-century hotel that houses galleries, along with an ice cream parlor.

bygone-bike-historyPhoto courtesy of History San Jose

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