5 cyclists project
In 1928, five friends biked from New York to Washington, DC. They traveled more than 250 miles through the urban and rural roads of New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and D.C. They rode on bicycles (including gear) that probably weighed more than 50 lbs! When asked why they embarked on their bike trip, they explained it was because of their "love of the great out-of-doors."
Their journey made me curious about the history of African Americans and cycling during the "bicycle craze" of the 1880s and 1890s. I discovered that there were more than 40 bicycles clubs in the late 19th century--in California, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Virginia and more.