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When Bikes Ruled Seattle

There was a time when cyclists ruled the road in Seattle.

April 13, 2018

Miles of new bike paths, roving gangs of cyclists, bicycle polo at the University of Washington. There was a time when cyclists ruled the road in Seattle.

Knute takes us back to Puget Sound at the turn of the century to find out: Is the battle between cyclists and drivers even older than the car? Who’s responsible for Seattle’s early road network? And what’s the deal with spandex bike wear?

Artifacts provided by Sarah and Gabriel Chrisman

Knute has written a lot on the subject. You can read more stories here:

How bikes led Seattle’s first roads renaissance

Meet Seattle’s first bike vigilantes

The car that broke the back of Seattle’s bike craze

Seattle was once a bicyclist's city — and it could be again

 



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Eric Keto

From the Oregon Coast to the North Slope of Alaska, Eric enjoys telling stories from the western edge of the country. His nonfiction video work has been featured on The Atlantic, PBS NewsHour and Alaska Public Media.

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Knute Berger

Knute Berger is Crosscut’s Mossback. Born and raised in Seattle, he writes with his own Pacific Northwest perspective. He also writes the monthly “Gray Matters” column for Seattle magazine where he is editor-at-large, and is an occasional commentator on KUOW-FM’s “Week in Review.” He is the author of two books: Pugetopolis: A Mossback Takes On Growth Addicts, Weather Wimps, and the Myth of Seattle Nice and Space Needle, The Spirit of Seattle (2012), the official 50th anniversary history of the tower. He was writer-in-residence at the Space Needle and has had a cocktail named after him at Ivar’s. You can email him at knute.berger@crosscut.com or follow him on twitter @KnuteBerger.

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