The Toronto Standard is running a historical series, somehow I missed this one about cycling in Toronto. Compared to what we were, Toronto is a mere shadow of its velocipedestrian self.
… everyone rode. An 1895 city commissioned count found that between 6:00 and 6:30 am 395 cyclists travelled westbound via King St. into the downtown. By comparison, only 29 riders take that same route, at the same time, today. Employers across the city invested in bike infrastructure for their workers (most factories had bike locker rooms) and the owners of the for-profit transit system complained that bikes were stealing much of their business.
Holy shit, 7 times the bicycle traffic!