James Longhurst

James Longhurst

UW-La Crosse Associate Professor of History James Longhurst shares his research on late 19th century bike paths in an upcoming Wisconsin Public TV program.

            Longhurst, who released his book “Bike Battles” last spring, explores the 1890s idea of sidepaths in “The Interstate Bicycle Network That Doesn’t Exist.” The network of hard-surface bike paths, protected by law, was originally planned to cross the nation. But before the idea disappeared, the only networks built were from upstate New York to central Minnesota. 

The lecture was recorded as a part of the Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin History Museum’s series “History Sandwiched In.” Longhurst’s lecture can be viewed online or when it’s broadcast on Wisconsin Public TV’s “University Place” lectures series. Air times on The Wisconsin Channel include: 

  • 4:14 p.m. Tuesday, March 1
  • 8:14 a.m.Sunday, March 6
  • 8:14 a.m. Tuesday, March 8
  • 8:14 a.m. Saturday, March 12

The lecture can be watched anytime online at: http://wptschedule.org/episodes/46406854/University-Place/The-Interstate-Bicycle-Network/

            This presentation marks the first time a current UWL faculty member has appeared on the program, “University Place.” Professor Emeritus Bruce Mouser appeared on a program about labor activism in 2011.

            Longhurst has taught at UWL since 2008. He specializes in public policy, urban environmental history, and the social and cultural history of modern America. Longhurst works in bicycle advocacy on campus and in the community. He holds doctoral and master’s degrees from Carnegie Mellon University, and a bachelor’s degree from Linfield College.

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UW-La Crosse Associate Professor of History James Longhurst is part of the Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin History Museum’s series “History Sandwiched In.” His lecture on “The Interstate Bicycle Network That Doesn’t Exist” can be viewed online or when it’s broadcast in March on Wisconsin Public TV’s “University Place.”