Pedaling Towards the Future: Illustrated Lecture and Bike Tour


  • Rhines Auditorium, Portland Public Library 5 Monument Way Portland, ME, 04101 United States

Pedaling Towards the Future: Bicycling the 19th Century Landscape Illustrated Lecture and Bike Tour

Presented by: Greater Portland Landmarks,
Maine Historical Society, and
Bicycle Coalition of Maine

Bicycling exploded in popularity during the 1880's and 1890's in Portland.  Devotees of the new machine used it for fraternity, transportation, and sport riding any place they could put their wheels.  Boston University PhD student Sam Shupe will present an illustrated lecture that explores the bicycle's impact on the social, cultural, and physical landscape of Portland and South Portland.  After the lecture, and again on Sunday morning,  Shupe will lead a roughly ten-mile group ride (maximum 25 participants) that will stop at four sites of Portland's cycling history including bicycle club headquarters, popular outdoor spaces for riding and racing, and the site of a bicycle frame factory.  

The Lecture, held at the Rhines Auditorium in the Portland Public Libary, is free and open to the public but a donation is appreciated at the door. While the lecture is not ticketed, we ask that you still register through the the link below.  

Bike tour participants must register and pay in advance.  The ticket is $25 for non-members and $20 dollars for members of Greater Portland Landmarks, Bicycle Coalition of Maine, or Maine Historical Society.  If you want to go on the tour but can't attend the lecture let us know when you register.

-Participants must sign a standard release form at the start of the ride
-Participants are expected to provide their own bicycle and helmet
-Participants are expected to ride with the group and obey all traffic laws
-Rain Date for Bicycle tours is Sunday, July 31, from 2-4pm. The lecture is rain or shine.

 Thank you to the Portland Public Library for the use of their space! 

Lecture Only, Saturday, July 30, 2-4pm. Register for this option now.

Lecture, Saturday, July 30, 2-4pm + historical bike tour (departing from Monument Square), Saturday, July 30,  4pm-6pm. Limit 25.  Register for this option now.

Lecture, Saturday, July 30, 2-4pm and historical bike tour (departing from Monument Square), Sunday, July 31, 9am-11am. Limit 25. Register for this option now.