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Roads Were Not Built for Cars : How cyclists were the first to push for good roads & became the pioneers of motoring, Paperback / softback Book

Roads Were Not Built for Cars : How cyclists were the first to push for good roads & became the pioneers of motoring Paperback / softback

Paperback / softback

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The coming of the railways in the 1830s killed off the stage-coach trade; almost all rural roads reverted to low-level local use.

Cyclists were the first group in a generation to use roads and were the first to push for high-quality leadership for roads.

They were also the first promoters of motoring; the first motoring journalists had first been cycling journalists; and there was a transfer of technology from cycling to motoring without which cars as we know them wouldn't exist! 64 car marques, including Rolls-Royce, Aston Martin, Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC, had bicycling beginnings.

Roads Were Not Built for Cars is a history book, focussing on a time when cyclists had political clout, in Britain and especially in America.

The book researches the Roads Improvement Association - a lobbying group created by the Cyclists' Touring Club in 1886 - and the Good Roads movement organised by the League of American Wheelmen in the same period.

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