Montreal Cycling History
1890-1899 Safety bicycle craze
In the 1890's a world wide bicycle craze occurred as the safety bicycle and mass production allowed almost anyone, man or woman, to ride a bicycle. Montreal followed this wave of popularity and the Montreal Bicycle Club tracked such club statistics as how many rides per year, club mileage etc. They show the dramatic rise in the popularity of cycling. Unlike the earlier High Wheel era women with bicycles begin to appear in Montreal photographs.
A. S. McCormack and bicycle, Montreal, QC, 1894
Mrs. McCormick and bicycle, Montreal, QC, 1895
Master Marcotte and bicycle, Montreal, QC, 1898
Courses internationales de bicyclistes au Queen's Park : 1899
W. K. Masterman and lady on tandem bicycle, Montreal, QC, 1896