By the late 19th century, the advent of the “safety” #bicycle
—so named because its two equally sized wheels, chain driver, and gears rendered it exponentially safer than the high-wheeled penny-farthing—ushered in a period of bicycle fever. One vocal bike fanatic was Sylvester Baxter, the Metropolitan Park Commission’s secretary, who advocated bicycling much as he did the use of #parks
; both promoted the physical, intellectual, social, and moral health of city-dwelling men and women. This map shows #Boston
and its Metropolitan Park System, with red-lined bicycle routes offering a means of exploring the nation’s first regional park system.
The final day of "Breathing Room" is September 30, so hop on your bike--or car, bus carriage, steam ship, train, scooter, elephant, or pogo stick--and pop into our gallery to discover more stories behind Boston's green and open spaces.
Image description: A color road map of Boston and surrounding communities with a web or bicycle routes delineated in red; the park system is highlighted in green; black circles emanate from Boston's State House in increments of 1 mile each.
Geo. H. Walker & Co. "Road Map of the Boston District Showing the Metropolitan Park System." Boston, 1898. [link in profile]
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