James Longhurst

Mascots of Pittsburgh's Group Against Smog and Pollution (GASP) in 1970: Dirty Gertie and Dirty Dick, the Poor Polluted Chick


Citizen Environmentalists

Bicycle History




1895 New York Riverside Drive

Leisure cyclists, a scorcher and a policeman on New York's Riverside Drive, 1895.

      While I am broadly trained in U.S. history and politics, I have special interests in public policy, urban history, civil society and environmental politics. My most recent research project focused on the rise of local environmental organizing in the United States and Pittsburgh in the late 1960s and early 1970s. This resulted in the publication, in 2010, of my book Citizen Environmentalists. Since then, I have begun work on my next research project, examining the failures of practical bicycle commuting in U.S. cities in the 20th century, and the difficulties faced by federal and state policies intended to promote bicycle usage in the 21st century.