Roads Were Not Built for Cars : How cyclists were the first to push for good roads & became the pioneers of motoring Paperback / softback
by Carlton Reid
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.
- Format: Paperback / softback
- Pages: 360 pages
- Publisher: Island Press
- Publication Date: 08/05/2015
- Category: Social & cultural history
- ISBN: 9781610916899