During the 1890s and early 1900s, Los Angeles’ many bicycle clubs were well known for organizing group rides and excursions which often united hundreds of local cyclists. After reaching destinations outside of the city, these “road runs” were typically accompanied with picnics, athletic competitions, and other amusements. The 1904 photograph shows a large but orderly crowd of cyclists at the intersection of Ninth, Main, and Spring Streets, which seems to have been a rather popular gathering spot for such events.
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2. “Road run today.” Los Angeles Times. 29 May 1904. B3.
Original photo: “Los Angeles Bicycle club gathering for a race on the west side of Spring Street between Eighth and Ninth Streets, October 1904 – chs-m802.” 1904. Title Insurance and Trust/C. C. Pierce Photography Collection. USC Digital Library. USC Libraries Special Collections. http://digitallibrary.usc.edu/assetserver/controller/view/CHS-6394.