Happy Bike Month!


Bicycle Race Scene, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C., LC-DIG-ppmsca-08935

May is National Bike Month, and next week is Bike to Work Week, but some of us like to celebrate our bicycles all year round! I first fell in love with bicycling when living in Portland, Oregon (Portland has a way of doing that), but biking in Phoenix is unique in that it isn’t raining all the time.  And while Library of Congress has some of the finest vintage bike photos (see the Penny-Farthing below!), we have some pretty great bike-related resources here at the Arizona State Library, Archives, and Public Records!


Times High Bicycle, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, LC-F8- 7876 [P&P]


Photograph of Gertrude Hughes with a bicycle in San Francisco (Calif.), RG 99 Arizona State Library, Archives & Public Records, 97-6897.jpg

For instance, here is an example of a tough lady bicyclist ahead of her time. Gertrude Hughes is pictured above in San Francisco in 1894.


Photograph of Lucius D. Copeland standing beside motorized bicycle that he invented in Phoenix (Ariz.), RG 99 Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records, 02-0133.jpg

And Lucius Copeland was a pioneering inventor from Phoenix who experimented with steam-powered bicycles way back in 1884! Read more about him HERE.

But our agency has lots of other resources! For instance, our State Docs department has placed several useful publications onto the Arizona Memory Project that are of use to cyclists! Share the road: a guide for bicyclists and motorists and Arizona Department of Transportation bicycle safety action plan final report are just a couple of the titles that offer tips on bicycle safety and bicyclists’ rights and responsibilities. And perhaps my favorite bicycle artifact held by the agency is the old Peugeot that arrived on the Merci Train in 1949! Read more about it HERE, though I highly recommend viewing the bike in person at the Arizona Capitol Museum!