Cycle Babble: Credits



We gratefully acknowledge the assistance of:

Dr. John Lutz, University of Victoria - Course Design, Teaching, Advice

Carey Pallister, City of Victoria Archives - Research Assistance, Photo Permissions, Photocopying

John Frederick & Christopher Petter, McPherson Library/Special Collections, University of Victoria - Permission to Copy and Use Map

Royal B.C. Museum B.C. Archives - Research Assistance, Photo Permissions, Photocopies

Humanities Computing and Media Centre - Classroom Space


Research/Writing - People: Jason Chisholm

Research/Writing - Places: Vincent Gornall

Research/Writing - Technology: Gavin Neil

Web Design: Gavin Neil

Website Creation: Vincent Gornall

Public Launch Presentation: Vincent Gornall (publiclaunchpresentation.pdf)

Public Presentation Slides: Gavin Neil (publiclaunchpresentation.pdf)

Curator, Victoria’s Victoria: Dr. John Lutz

This website is a final project for History 481: Microhistories and the Internet at the University of Victoria. It forms part of a larger group of websites in the Victoria’s Victoria collection. Researched and written by Vincent Gornall, Gavin Neil and Jason Chisholm, it applies an approach to cycling history suggested by Glen Norcliffe in The Ride to Modernity: The Bicycle in Canada, 1869-1900 (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2001). His theory is that the bicycle was a carrier wave technology that helped create modernity in Canada. Because Norcliffe’s history is heavily centered on Eastern Canada, we believe that an analysis of some of his concepts and themes from a local perspective can add important information to our knowledge about cycling’s effect on Canada. Details from the local situation can also confirm, deny or modify his larger conclusions. Because it deals with broader issues through a local case study, it is an example of microhistory.


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