- Bicycle races (Dunlop Trophy) and bike clubs (the first one being the Toronto Bicycle Club in 1881) fuel the bicycle ‘craze’ at the end of the 19th century.
- In 1929, bicycle licenses become mandatory in Toronto, costing 50 cents a year. The bylaw is not repealed until 1957.
- Fast forward, and John Sewell a newly elected alderman in 1969 (equivalent to city councillor today) is called ‘undignified’ and ‘disrespectful’ for riding his bike to City Hall. He later went on to be Mayor (1978 to 1980) and an early cycling advocate.
- More city specific: In 1979, the city’s first bike lane opened on Popular Plains Road. The first portion of the Martin Goodman Trail (now also a part of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail) opened from Humber River to Parliament Street in 1984.
The exhibit is not all fact and figures. There are a number of vintage bicycles, interesting artifacts, displays and old photographs. Well worth the visit, small admission fee, and perfect activity to round out a shopping trip or snack fest at the St. Lawrence Market.
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