It’s Bike to Work Day in DC!
This 1893 petition (we refer to as the bicycle petition) called for the establishment of a department of roads. It was created by Colonel Albert Pope, the father of the American bicycle.
On December 20, 1893, this petition for the establishment of a department of roads was rolled out onto the Senate floor and referred to the Committee on Interstate Commerce for consideration. The petition is over 6 feet high, one of the largest petitions in the holdings of the National Archives. The printed sheets of approximately 150,000 signatures are attached and wound around two gigantic wooden spools, reminiscent of bicycle wheels. The petition was organized and funded by Colonel Albert Pope, known as the father of the American bicycle.
The petition prompted the creation and funding of an office to conduct road research. The office would later become the Federal Highways Administration.
Petition for the Establishment of a Roads Department, Referred to the Committee on Interstate Commerce (2600933), 12/20/1893, Records of the U.S. Senate
Velocipede to Work Day!
It’s a wet #BikeToWorkDay in Washington, DC, but luckily J.O. Lose’s patented one-wheeled velocipede is equipped with an umbrella!
Penny-farthing? Monowheel? Fixie? How are you biking to work today?
It’s bike to work day!
Terry Eiler, photographer. From the EPA’s DOCUMERICA series.(More items from DOCUMERICA are currently on exhibit at the National Archives: “Searching for the Seventies: The DOCUMERICA Photography Project”)
Unfortunately the caption doesn’t tell us much, but we know this smart cyclist remembered his helmet!
Did you bike to work? Tandem? Recumbent? Bikeshare?
Oklahoma or Bust by John Stewart Curry
This weekend marks the 150th Anniversary of the Homestead Act, providing the basis for the Oklahoma Land Rush. It’s also Bike to Work Day and National Bike Month, so it’s hard to resist the penny-farthing bicycle shown here.
Black & white photo reproduction. The original color painting appears to be on display at the Department of the Interior’s Stuart Lee Udall building (click photo #20!).
May 20 - Smartly dressed couple seated on an 1886-model bicycle for two
For Bike to Work day, we feature this undated photo of an 1886-model two-seater. The South Portico of the White House is visible in the background. Check the Archives’ Bike to Work mini-gallery on Facebook or search our holdings for more bicycle-related records.