Bike activist Ellen Fletcher runs for Palo Alto City Council in 1979.
Ellen Fletcher is one of my personal heroes. In this photo she’s running for a City Council seat in Palo Alto, California. In the early 1970s, Palo Alto began building a bikeway system. (John Forester vociferously fought bike facilities begining in this time period after police ticketed Forester for riding in the street and violating Palo Alto’s mandatory bike path law.)
Fletcher was instrumental in the creation of the nation’s first bike boulevard in 1982, and today the bikeway is named in her honor.
She’s 80-something years old now and lives in a retirement home off of Middlefield Road, from where still rides a bicycle to get around town.
Photo from Palo Alto Historical Association.