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Historical Bicycle Routes

In 1897 and 1898 the Philadelphia Inquirer published a series of bicycle routes. Each route had a map and a narrative describing the trip. Most also had a route coupon, providing information on road conditions and hotels or restaurants along the way.

1898 and Later Routes


The Trips Awheel column was retired in the spring of 1898.  However, the Inquirer did have inserts called The Inquirer Roadster:  A Weekly Supplement for Road Travelers, Cyclists, Horsemen and Pedestrians.  The inserts include a route, illustrations, and other travel and tourism information.  This partial list will be updated as new routes are located.   In some issues the inserts were separate from the paper and published at the end, in others they were published within the paper and readers would cut out the half size sheets and fold them together.  Some of the routes appear to be repeats of earlier years, though probably updated.

Partial List of Inquirer Roadster Supplements


Outing No. 1:  The East River Drive (April 3, 1898)

Outing No. 2:  Lovely Wissahickon Drive (April 10, 1898)

Outing No. 3:  The Road to Bethlehem and Allentown (April 17, 1898)

Outing No. 4:  What a Pedestrial Saw (April 17, 1898)

Outing No. 5:  To Cyclers' Rest, Narberth (April 24, 1898)

Outing No. 6:  To Time-Honored Chester (May 1, 1898)

Outing No. 7: Two Roads to Norristown (May 8, 1898)

Outing No. 8:  The Bridle Paths of West Fairmount Park (May 8, 1898)

Outing No. 9: [May 12?]

Outing No. 10:  The White Horse Pike of Camden County, N.J. (May 22, 1898)

Outing No. 11: (May 29, 1898)

Outing No. 12: To Willow Grove (June 5, 1898)

Outing No. 13:  The New Waterford (N.J.) Road (June 12, 1898)

Outing No. 14:  A Stroll Afoot to Bartram's Garden (June 12, 1898)

Outing No. 15: The Road to Atlantic City (June 19, 1898)

Outing No. 16:  To Wilming, Del (June 26, 1898)

Outing No. 17: To Salem, N.J. (July 3, 1898)

Outing No. 18: Salem, N. J. to Baltimore, Maryland (July 10, 1898)

Outing No. 19: Through the Blue Mountains to Tamaqua (July 17, 1898)

Outing No. 20: To Vineland, N. J. (July 24, 1898)

Outing No. 21: To Doylestown and Buckingham, Pa (July 31, 1898)

Outing No. 22:  The Main Outlets of Philadelphia (August 7, 1898)

Outing No. 23: Philadelphia to Allentown or Bethlehem (August 14, 1898)

Outing No. 24:  Philadelphia to Bristol (August 14, 1898)

Outing No. 25: Bristol to Trenton (August 28, 1898)

Outing No. 26: Philadelphia to Media (September 4, 1898)

Outing No. 27:

Outing No. 28: To Historic Old Burlington, N.J. (September 18, 1898)

Outing No. 29: To Sea Isle City (October 2, 1898)

Outing No. 30: To Cape May City (October 9, 1898)

Outing No. 31:  Cape May to Pleasantville (October 16, 1898)

Outing No. 32:  Pleasantville to Toms River (October 23, 1898)

Outing No. 33:  Toms River to Asbury Park (October 30, 1898)

Outing No. 34:  The Islands at Our Gates (November 6, 1898)

Outing No. 35:  An Out-and-Home Trip Through Montgomery Co (November 13, 1898)

Outing No. 36:  Trenton to Princeton -- En Route to New York (November 20, 1898)

Outing No. 37:  Asbury Park to Long Branch (November 27, 1898)

Outing No. 38:  Princeton to Metuchen (En Route to New York) (December 4, 1898)

Outing No. 39:  A Glimpse of Old Germantown (December 11, 1898)

Outing No. 40: To the Paoli Monument at Malvern (December 18, 1898)

Outing No. 41:  Philadelphia to Bridgeton (December 25, 1898)




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