Montreal Cycling History
1900-1918 Everyday transportation
After 1900 the Bicycle started to lose its sense of cutting edge modernity and in North America interest in bicycle racing and bicycle clubs declined. However bicycle sales did recover after a few years and the machine continued to be widely used. It became less prominent in the public imagination. Unlike North America, bicycle racing remained popular in Europe as events such as the Tour de France were widely promoted. The Montreal Bicycle Club went into a slow decline from which it did not recover. During the Great War, cycle-mounted infantry, scouts, messengers and ambulance carriers were extensively used by all combatants. After the Great War those Montreal Bicycle Club members who returned did not restart the club.
Two girls with bicycle, Eastern Townships, QC, about 1900
The photo shows Commonwealth cyclist scouts, walking their bikes on a muddy road on the Western Front, in France.
The Coles sisters on a bicycle trip from Montreal to Ottawa, QC-ON, 1916