Roads Were Not Built for Cars: How cyclists were the first to push for good roads & became the pioneers of motoring
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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1 When Two Tribes Were One
3 Mastodons to Motorways
4 Who Owns the Roads?
7 Hardtop History
8 What the Bicyclist Did for Roads
13 Motorings Bicycling Beginnings
14 Without Bicycles Motoring Might Not Exist
15 From King of the Road to Cycle Chic
Appendix A History of roads timeline
Appendix B Motor marques with bicycling beginnings
Appendix C Kickstarter supporters
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