Bicycling through Brisbane, 1896

Stell, Marion (2010) Bicycling through Brisbane, 1896. Queensland Historical Atlas: Histories, Cultures, Landscapes, 2009-2010: .

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Author Stell, Marion
Title Bicycling through Brisbane, 1896
Journal name Queensland Historical Atlas: Histories, Cultures, Landscapes
ISSN 1838-708X
Publication date 2010-08-05
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Issue 2009-2010
Total pages 4
Editor Peter Spearritt
Marion Stell
Place of publication Brisbane, Australia
Publisher The University of Queensland
Collection year 2011
Language eng
Subject 210303 Australian History (excl. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History)
Original Creative Work - Other
Formatted abstract
The bicycle revolutionised movement through the landscape for hundreds of avant-garde Queenslanders during the closing years of the nineteenth century. Until this time, before the era of car ownership, the horse had provided the only means of private transportation faster than walking. The railway, bus, tram, coach and steamer were the available forms of public transport. Cycling now changed the landscape and the perception of landscape in significant ways.

Cycling, described as the most exhilarating of outdoor pastimes, demanded a greater intimacy and understanding of terrain, weather, landscape and infrastructure. New considerations were the state of the roads, the presence of sand, gravel and water, the placement of directional signage called finger posts, river and overhead bridges, ferry crossings and rail gates, and the consequent reliance on ferry and railway gate staff. Also to be considered were the steepness of hills and the length of flats and even the presence and density of traffic. Cycling created greater exposure to the seasons and reliance on the elements such as wind, temperature and moonlight.
Copright © Marion Stell, 2010
Keyword Climate
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Date created: 5 August 2010

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Created: Thu, 23 Dec 2010, 16:58:36 EST by Marion Stell on behalf of School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry