Roads Were Not Built for Cars

Not that those with the most power and influence wanted it that way. Reid notes how wide roads were not built just for cars, but to increase the ability to “control” social gatherings and protests. “Air circulation for health [was important] … but crowd control was a major impetus. Narrow roads can be used for throwing up barricades [see: Les Miserables] … The use of compacted crushed stone instead of setts, or tarred-wooden blocks, reduced the availability of ready-made missiles and fire starters.” It’s fascinating to read about how the public associated independence with cycles and, later, automobiles, while railways were viewed as faster but restrictive. “Cyclists and, later, motorists would complain about the fixed schedules of railways, citing a lack of independence.” Reid doesn’t mention Russia much, but for what’s it’s worth, this sentiment was shared by Russian thi...

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