Do Some 19th Century Virtual Biking With a Tour Through Brooklyn’s Cycling Craze

A boy poses on a bike in a photographer's studio, circa 1895 and 1916. Photo by C.M. Bell via Library of Congress


    The love of cycling isn’t a new thing in Brooklyn; in the 1890s, the borough was a biking hot spot. A new virtual tour from the Municipal Art Society will bring you to the heart of Brooklyn’s 19th century craze with rival clubs, day trippers and trick riders.

    Join Brownstoner columnist Suzanne Spellen (aka Montrose Morris) and Morgan Munsey, both preservationists, for “The Bedford Rest: Brooklyn’s Bicycle Craze of the 1890s.” The duo will discuss the popular Brooklyn routes, the shops, races and the hot place to be seen, the Bedford Rest.

    The virtual event takes place on Saturday, November 21 at 11 a.m. Tickets are required and they are $15 for members and $25 for non members. For full info on registration visit the event page online.

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