Carlton Reid has been a cycling journalist for over twenty years and today publishes BikeBiz, a bike industry trade journal. I’ve never seen him in a car until I saw his Kickstarter video for this new book Roads Were Not Built for Cars.
Cyclists already know that early roads were paved at the behest of cyclists. Carlton reveals even more connections between driving and cycling, showing, for example, that early car enthusiasts such as Karl Benz and Charles Stewart Rolls (of Rolls Royce) were also avid cyclists. He writes that even Henry Ford was known for biking to work as he developed his Model T, no doubt thinking there’s got to be a way to show up to the office without getting covered in road grime and sweat.
Carlton is English and the prices for his Kickstarter campaign are in Pounds Sterling, but Kickstarter will convert UK currency into American dollars for us Yankees. He’s already met his fundraising goal, but supporter perks are still available for the project. Carlton spends almost as time in America as in the UK, and he covers American road history at least as well as he does of his home country in this two-year long project.
Go here to learn more and support Roads Were Not Built for Cars.