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50th Anniversary of First Bike Lanes in Davis

City of Davis to Recognize Davis Bicycle Lane Pioneers

The City of Davis is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first Davis bicycle lanes. A celebration is scheduled for Friday, May 12, 2017 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame at 303 Third Street in Central Park (corner of Third & B Streets). The public is invited to this free special recognition event and reception. Sudwerk Brewery is providing the limited edition Centennial beer for the event. The original community members and city staff who helped create the first Davis bicycle lanes will be recognized at the anniversary event. Family members representing deceased pioneers have also been invited to the celebration.

The first official bicycle lanes in the United States were created in Davis in 1967 following legislation that allowed them was signed by then California Governor Ronald Reagan. The specifications for creating the first bicycle lanes in Davis were subsequently adapted as standards by the California Department of Transportation and by other states across the nation. After the first bicycle lanes were created on Third Street, Sycamore Lane, West Eighth Street, and L Street the City continued to incorporate bicycle lanes and paths in all subsequent neighborhoods.

Davis Mayor Robb Davis stated “The first Davis bike lanes in 1967 have grown into an integrated bikeway system that has become an integral part of the community which now features over 100 miles of dedicated bicycle lanes and bike paths.”

This 50th anniversary event is being presented by the City of Davis as part of its Centennial Celebration and May is Bike Month and the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame.

Read more about the first bike lanes in Davis.

For more information, please contact Bob Bowen at 530-747-5816.

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