Journal of Policy History

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The Sidepath Not Taken: Bicycles, Taxes, and the Rhetoric of the Public Good in the 1890s


University of Wisconsin–La Crosse

james longhurst is an assistant professor of history at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. His monograph on the history of environmental politics and air pollution in Pittsburgh, Citizen Environmentalists, was published in 2010 by Tufts University Press. His current research centers on the history of bicycling and urban public policy.


  This research was supported by a UW–L Faculty Research Grant and a UW Libraries Research fellowship. The UW–L History Author’s Writing Group (HAWG), Heinz History Center Roundtable, and several anonymous reviewers provided helpful feedback. This project was made possible by the subject index created by late Genesee County archivist Ruth McEvoy and by Tom Tryniski’s website,