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Bicycling in Boone County can mean anything from a short ride in the park to a long, challenging tour. This pastime is nothing new to our area, and current trends show continued growth in this sport. The early cyclists in the region often enjoyed touring our area. As early as the 1870s, groups began to form for the purposes of promoting and participating in cycling. The "Ordinary", a type of bike with a large front and much smaller rear wheel was frequently used by the post-Civil War cycling groups, but proved rather dangerous. It's successor, the "safety bike" that is quite similar in style to modern recreational bikes, began to gain popularity circa 1885. These bikes were more comfortable and provided an ease of mounting and dismounting the "Ordinaries" did not. They also offered a chain-driven technology not found in earlier bikes, which made them much better suited for a ride in the countryside. Boone County and other areas of Northern Kentucky gained popularity as tour routes with groups like the League of American Wheelmen. This organization published first-hand accounts of experiences and road conditions regularly, and worked to improve matters to further their sport. The League even endorsed political candidates in the late 19th and early 20th century. Groups like this are credited with improving road conditions throughout the country and prompting the development of the highway system we enjoy today. In several 1883-4 issues of the periodical Outing and the Wheelman: An Illustrated Monthly Magazine of Recreation, cyclist and writer Karl Kron gives a firsthand account of his 1882 trip through the "hills of Kentucky". Beginning his trip in Covington, he rode through Kenton County and into Florence, where the roads were a bit muddy, but began to improve as he made his way to Walton in under two hours! Our area makes another appearance in the 1912 guidebook of the League of American Wheelmen, excerpts can be seen on www.nkyviews. com. Some of the suggested routes are as follows: The ambitious "Route 15" takes the rider from the C&O Bridge in Covington, up the "pike" (Dixie Highway) through Florence and Walton, which are both considered to have good road conditions, on towards Lexington before turning back to Burlington. A shorter, albeit vigorous trip is "Route 16" which guides the touring cyclist from downtown Cincinnati, across to Ludlow, then follows along the river through Constance, Hebron, Bullittsville and Petersburg, before crossing at the Lawrenceburg Ferry. This route touts "magnificent views" and landmarks like a covered bridge and a school house. The roads in this Boone County route run the gamut from steep to sandy, but offer a grand tour! Florence Branch: Karen Rich's Peruvian collection Lents Branch: Seventy-five year- old "Flower Quilt" made by Sarah Elizabeth, Nola and Lillian Peace. Owned by Jenifer Riesenbeck. Scheben Branch: Vintage Kitchenware collection Walton Branch: Local artists celebrate spring. On display L Boone County Public Library BCP Main Library 1786 Burlington Pike, Burlington, KY 41005 Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Chapin Memorial Library 6517 Market St., Petersburg, KY 41080 Tues. and Thurs.. 12 p.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday 12 p.m.-6 p.m. Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Florence Branch 7425 US 42, Florence, KY 41042 Mon.-Thurs. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Lents Branch 3215 Cougar Path, Hebron, KY 41048 Mon.-Thurs.. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Scheben Branch 8899 US 42, Union, KY 41091 Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Walton Branch 21 South Main, Walton, KY 41094 Mon.-Tues. 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Wed.-Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Six locations to serve you — one phone number: 859-342-BOOK (2665) 1786 Burlington Pike Burlington, Kentucky 41005 Biking in Boone County By Hillary Delaney, Local History Associate +KJLNKłP 20-KOP=CA PAID #HKNAJ?A(6 PANIEP+K Would you like to receive this newsletter via email? Or choose to have it mailed to your home? Visit our website:> At the Library and sign up. You'll also find an option to sign up for occasional email updates about special events and new services at the Library. alt l Wa t on, n, n, n, n, K on Bike Club in front of Jones Drug Store, Walton

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