6 remarkable historical photos that celebrate Vancouver’s love of cycling in the city

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As Vancouver’s population began to increase at the beginning of the 20th century, so did the use of bicycles on city streets.

The spike in cycling use was so big that Vancouver’s first City Archivist, Major James Skitt Matthews, documented it in his seven-volume series, Early Vancouver, noting that “almost every family had at least one, some had more; nearly all young men, and most young women, many elderly men and some elderly women rode.”

To celebrate Vancouver’s affection for two-wheelers, we’ve compiled some of the best cycling photos from the City of Vancouver Archives. Check them out below, and be sure to check out this generation’s best cyclists at the second annual Vancouver Is Awesome Grand Prix, happening June 15th at Jonathon Rogers Park in Mount Pleasant.

The Vancouver Bicycle Club at Prospect Point, 1895

Matthews, James Skitt, Major, Vancouver Archives Item: St Pk P174

A high wheel bicycle race at Brockton Point, 1902

Matthews, James Skitt, Major, Vancouver Archives Item: Sp P57

Bicycle race at Hastings Park, 1926

Thomson, Stuart, Vancouver Archives Item: CVA 99-1514

Cycling in Stanley Park, ca. 1890

Timms, Philip T, Vancouver Archives Item: CVA 677-278

Terminal City Cycling Club ca. 1896

Matthews, James Skitt, Major, Vancouver Archives Item: Sp P16

Canadian Youth Hostel bike hike at concession stand, 1943

Williams, Donn B.A., Vancouver Archives Item: CVA 586-1339


When: June 15, 2019
Where: Jonathan Rogers Park in Mount Pleasant

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