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Roads Were Not Built For Cars is a history book exploring the role of US & UK cyclists in improving highways for everybody.
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2nd edition to be published by Island Press of Washington, D.C.

Posted by Carlton Reid (Creator)

Roads Were Not Built For Cars came to life thanks to your wonderful support on Kickstarter. The first edition was an instant sales success – I sold 1100 print copies direct from the book's website within days. (The Kindle, ePub and multimedia iPad versions of the book are still available, and can't sell out.) The strong demand suggested I should either republish the book, and take on a bigger distribution task, or seek a publisher. Luckily, via a lovely review on, an American publisher came to me, and I couldn't be happier. 

Island Press is headquartered out of Washington, D.C. and specialises in environmental books. It's an ethical publisher and has a strong focus on the built environment. It's the publisher of Jan Gehl, the Danish urban design consultant. His Cities for People book is a classic.

Island Press is also home to NACTO's Urban Bikeway Design Guide, and Barbara McCann's Completing Our Streets. Ms McCann is now a Director at the US Department of Transportation, and I featured her "complete streets" work in Roads Were Not Built For Cars.

I'm currently working on some (slightly) revised text for the second edition of the book. Island Press hopes to have the book published by April. A limited number of hardbacks will be available.

The second edition of the book will reach many more people than I could have ever reached by myself. 

Rather wonderfully, Island Press has also agreed to my plan for the book to be available for free online. In the run-up to the book's publication I will release the full text, in weekly chapter-by-chapter instalments. These PDF extracts will be spidered by Google (and whet appetites for the print edition).

Naturally, it will be more convenient to have the full-on book, with all of the great illustrations and readable formatting, but by making the text available for free, the book's message – that cyclists were the first to push for Good Roads and became the pioneers of motoring – will become more readily available to all.

Thanks for your support on this journey.



Watch out soon for news on a follow-up to Roads Were Not Built For Cars. This, too, will be placed on Kickstarter. I hope to have all of the details nailed down within the next month or so.

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