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

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Island Press, Apr 9, 2015 - Architecture - 376 pages
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Cyclists were written out of highway history in the 1920s and 1930s by the all-powerful motor lobby: Roads Were Not Built For Cars tells the real story, putting cyclists center stage again.

Not that the book is only about cyclists. It will also contains lots of automotive history because many automobile pioneers were cyclists before becoming motorists. A surprising number of the first car manufacturers were also cyclists, including Henry Ford. Some carried on cycling right through until the 1940s. One famous motor manufacturing pioneer was a racing tricycle rider to his dying day.
 

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Contents

1 When Two Tribes Were One
1
2 Pioneers
8
3 Mastodons to Motorways
35
4 Who Owns the Roads?
54
5 Speed
80
6 Width
96
7 Hardtop History
110
8 What the Bicyclist Did for Roads
123
13 Motorings Bicycling Beginnings
183
14 Without Bicycles Motoring Might Not Exist
190
15 From King of the Road to Cycle Chic
243
Epilogue
263
Acknowledgements
266
Appendix A History of roads timeline
267
Appendix B Motor marques with bicycling beginnings
271
Appendix C Kickstarter supporters
306

the Mecca of all Good Cyclists
134
10 Good Roads for America
143
11 Americas Forgotten Transport Network
159
12 Pedal Power
173
Bibliography
309
Index
310
Board of Directors
333
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Carlton Reid is the executive editor of trade magazine BikeBiz.com. His travel pieces have appeared in National Geographic Traveller and The Guardian. His previous books include
Adventure Mountain Biking (Crowood Press,1990); Complete Book of Cycling (contributor, Hamlyn, 1997); I-Spy Bicycles (Michelin, 1998); Discover Israel (Berlitz, 1993); Lebanon: A Travel Guide (Kindlife, 1995); Classic Mountain Bike Routes of the World (contributor, Quarto Publishing, 2000); Bike to Work Book (Front Page Creations, November 2008) and Family Cycling (Snow Books, 2009).

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