Flashback Friday: Toronto Bicycle Corps

 

Flashback Friday: Toronto Bicycle Corps

By Alex Chronopoulos

Daisy went crazy for that bicycle built for two.

This photo from the Toronto Archives shows the Toronto Bicycle Corps during a military ceremony on University Avenue in 1913.

Though the automobile industry boomed in the early 1900s, gasoline became rationed during the War, so transport shifted back to the trusty pneumatic two-wheeler.

Bicycles proved not only useful for leisurely rides to the post office to mail a letter to your sweetheart overseas, but were also used at the front. The Canadian Corps of Cyclists fought at Ypres, Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele, and was the first unit across the Rhine in late 1918 - ensuring their safety by wearing helmets of course!

Keep calm, and cycle on.

 

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