'Roads Were Not Built For Cars' still working
When I wrote "Roads Were Not Built For Cars" I wasn't planning for it to become a textbook, but I've since learned that lots of urban studies departments... Read more
Transport journalist of the year
Last night, at the plush and historic Stationers' Hall in London – this was where the concept of copyright was developed – I was named the Press Gazette's "transport... Read more
Mea culpa – update your copies of Roads Were Not Built for Cars
Back in 2014, in the book you so kindly backed, I wrote that in the 1930s the "Ministry of Transport order more cycle tracks to be built. By 1938, 45... Read more
Gulp, I was wrong
In Roads Were Not Built for Cars I wrote about 1930s-era British cycleways but I underestimated their number. Research for the follow-up book – Bike Boom– revealed there were... Read more
Put down that choc & tune in to free webinar instead
I've just seen the sign-up list for a environmental webinar thingie I'm doing on Monday. There are just a handful of "bikie" people signed up so far; the bulk of... Read more
Roads book live tour
If you enjoyed the print and digital versions of Roads Were Not Built For Carsperhaps you'll be interested in the live tour? Yup, I'm going out on the, er,... Read more
Campaign for Roads book sequel ends in 21 hours & free PDF chapter goes online
Many of you have already joined the Kickstarter campaign for Bike Boom, the sequel to Roads Were Not Built For Cars – thanks for your continued support, it means a... Read more
Women have been at the cutting edge of cycle advocacy since 1971
In Roads Were Not Built For CarsI had to sheepishly admit that the major characters in my book were all men – women played little part in the cycle advocacy... Read more
Rover car ad plugs company's bicycling beginnings
I'm now a little distracted by the Kickstarter campaign for the sequel to Roads Were Not Built For Cars – the campaign has met its target and is now in... Read more
Sequel to Roads Were Not Built For Cars goes live on Kickstarter
As a backer of Roads Were Not Built For Cars I thought you'd like to be the first to be told about its sequel going live on Kickstarter. Bike Boom... Read more
Final task done, more #1 listings & the next book
It's taken me an age but I've finally completed the last task: I have mailed out the "thank-you" postcards to those Kickstarter backers who pledged £5/£10 but didn't require a... Read more
2nd edition to be published by Island Press of Washington, D.C.
Roads Were Not Built For Carscame to life thanks to your wonderful support on Kickstarter. The first edition was an instant sales success – I sold 1100 print copies... Read more
With iPad version availability, that's all folks!
The iPad version of Roads Were Not Built For Carshas just gone live. It contains the full 170,000 words of the print book plus ten short videos, two audio... Read more
Parcels start going out today
But, boy, it's slow work. Some people in the UK will start getting their copies tomorrow (when there might not be a UK any more). Most people should expect delivery... Read more
The books have arrived!
It will take a number of days for the books to be signed, sealed and delivered. Your patience has been outstanding – please hold on for just a few more... Read more
Preview of the iPad version of the book
After last week's preview of the "running papers" for the unbound print book here's a quick preview of the iPad version. It contains videos, scrollable elements, pop-out boxes, zoomable pix... Read more
Final call for info changes (& a peek at the iPad version of the book)
The pages have been printed, the book will be sewn and bound in the next day or two. Delivery is – drum roll, please – imminent. That means I'm close... Read more
Dare I refuse cold hard cash pressed into my hand?
A little over a week ago, while I was on holiday in France with my family, I was able to grab enough wifi to download – and pass – the... Read more
The artwork has left the building – wanna see the final covers?
PDFs for the book have now been uploaded to Appletree printers of Belfast. I'm waiting to see if everything's OK and then the big red "print book" button can be... Read more
Slotting in the 21-page index means book is ...
... finished. Finally!
I've still got the electronic versions to do but the print version is now ready to go to print. ETA? First week of September.
The 21-page index... Read more
Book design ... is done!
The book is now designed. Here's the contents page:
The designed pages can now go to the indexer. There's one more final proof read to do and then, once I... Read more
Design is up to page 209...
Designing a book is a lot quicker than writing it ...
There's a hi-res version of pages 208 and 209 on Flickr. Read about the founder of the Daily Mail... Read more
As promised, a couple of sample spreads
The book is now in design. I've placed a couple of sample spreads on the website. More will be uploaded later.
It's highly likely that all those Kickstarter backers who... Read more
Draft back cover
With the pesky task of writing out of the way it should be relatively speedy to get the book designed and off to the printers. Here's the first draft of... Read more
My favourite number is ...
I'll grant you this is not the most exciting of my updates but it's all part of the onward progress of the book.
I have now received my ISBN numbers.... Read more
Revised cover & info update
Following the vote on the cover logo earlier in the week illustrator Paul Robson has tweaked the "not" and the "were" in Cover 1, and I think he's done a... Read more
You can help decide the cover’s title logo
The writing for "Roads Were Not Built for Cars" is now finished. You can have a say in the design for the title logo for the cover.
Book chapters & tour dates
You know when I said I had just two chapters left to write? I split each of 'em in half so I now have four chapters left to write. It... Read more
Slowly but surely ...
I'm still slaving away on the book. I'm going through the edits suggested by Martin Rickerd, my copy editor. This bit is tedious, but supremely necessary. Martin supplies a Word... Read more
One Her Majesty's Service
I'm no longer toiling alone. Team Roads Were Not Built For Cars – phew! – has expanded by one. As you helped pay for his services, let me introduce you... Read more
You'll now be getting three books in one. Sorta.
The upside – for you – of me being late with the book is that you're going to be getting more books than you originally pledged for. The printed book... Read more
Book will be in 'Bicycle' doc
Yesterday, at Coventry Transport Museum, I was interviewed by the film crew producing Bicycle, a high production values documentary which premieres in July. The film also features Gary Fisher, Mike... Read more
VIDEO UPDATE: Slowly but surely
I've started sending out parts of the book for "peer review". Professor Hans-Erhard Lessing of Germany has just sent back some fantastic feedback on the Carl Benz part of... Read more
The 1926 original behind this split-screen film of London in 1926 and 2013 (not 1927 as video says) is mentioned in 'Roads Were Not Built For Cars'. I've got a... Read more
Happy New Year from a (shocked) motoring history buff
Happy New Year for 2014...here's a New Year's welcome from an 1884 collection of cycling poems...
To the New Year.
BY A BICYCLER.
All hail, O first of Jan.! thou... Read more
Santa on a bike, the California Cycleway & Christmas wishes
On both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day I won't be doing a shred of work on the book; the rest of the holiday I'll be cracking on, wonderfully free of... Read more
Don't say I never give you anything
OK, granted, I haven't given you the book yet but here's a little something to tide you over. It's a genuine greeting card from the 1890s. If you're at all... Read more
Final research trip. Honest.
I'm in Coventry, staying in an Ibis hotel that, in the 1890s, was first a cycle factory and then a car factory. I'm spending a couple of days in the... Read more
Love it or loathe it, but cyclists were responsible for creating and popularising motoring
I'm hard at work at the longest and most complex chapter in the book, the one on cycling's massive, and largely unsung, impact on the birth and promotion of motoring.... Read more
If only those who shout such mindless abuse knew how much of motoring's early history was entangled with cycling. The longest chapter is my book is looking like it's going... Read more
Motoring on with the book
On Wednesday I was granted access to one of London's most exclusive clubhouses, the ultra-plush Royal Automobile Club on Pall Mall. I was there to rifle through some automotive journals... Read more
Two talks and some tangents
You know how I said I wouldn't go off on any more tangents and that my book research was done and dusted? Well, er, I spoke too soon. I've been working... Read more
Nearly there (cover, mind, not the text)
Pete English has sent through the latest version of the cover and it's now in full technicolour! He's a lot further along with the cover than I am with the... Read more
Romans, in colour
The top left hand corner of the alt book cover has now been fleshed out by illustrator Pete English.
Cover extract & book update
Pete English has nearly inked over his pencil workings for the new, alternative cover. An extract can be found below (with a bigger version on Flickr). Adding the colour -... Read more
Emphasis change, updated timescale & Jeremy Clarkson
The text for the book is slowly growing in Microsoft Word. I've been adding notes and sources to the text but, in a dummy design, it looked stodgy and rather... Read more
Most positive TV on cycling I've ever seen in the UK, says prominent blogger
According to Danny Williams, last night's segment on cycling on BBC's The One Show was "By far, the most positive TV on cycling I've ever seen in this country." Williams... Read more
Road surfaces in London in 1922: mostly wood
It's been a while since the last update. So, what am I up to? Still ploughing through the book, you'll be glad to know, but I'm also spending time (and... Read more
BBC One Show, Guardian Bike Blog & forthcoming talks
Last week I was in Stevenage, filming with a TV crew for a segment on BBC's The One Show. This piece - broadcast date not yet known - is based... Read more
Hug an historian night, London, 30th May, 7pm
If you're in London on 30th May do pop along to the Look Mum No Hands bike shop for a free, picture-led talk by a couple of historians, with one... Read more
Finally, a penny farthing that fits me! This 48-inch ordinary was brought to today's Pickwick club luncheon in London by a fellow member and I hopped on board.
The Pickwick... Read more
Sticking to pre-1914...?
I'm thinking out loud here, and am open to feedback. I've been doing an awful lot of research on the cycle paths of the 1930s. This was to form part... Read more
Piece on the book in The Guardian today
I've written a piece for the Guardian Bike Blog. Please feel free to jump into the comments section (I've dipped my toe in the water). There's a few 'bikelash' anti-cycling... Read more
Stretch Goal #2 reached: an alternative cover will now be commissioned
Thanks to a third-week surge (powered by an email newsletter mention by CTC of the UK) the Kickstarter campaign for 'Roads Were Not Built For Cars' has now exceeded £14,000*.... Read more
Revealed: Motorists' Front of Judea artwork
The stretch goal for £8500 was to commission a graphic for the ever-popular MOTORISTS' FRONT OF JUDEA: what have cyclists ever done for us post.
Well, it's now on the... Read more
1897 cover painting, discussed
I've just done a blog posting featuring close-up pix of the painting used on the current cover.
There's also a tidbit about the Nazi Party's edicts against 1920s and 1930s... Read more
Cover questionnaire: the results are now in
I asked for help with deciding whether to commission new cover artwork. I got 128 responses. 57 said go for it, 14 were not bothered either way and 57 said... Read more
Kickstarter, 1887: How Karl Kron published his book thanks to crowd-funding from 3000 cyclists
Let me introduce you to Lyman Hotchkiss Bagg, or, as he was known to American cyclists of the 1880s, Karl Kron. Born in 1846, Karl Kron was one of cycling's... Read more
Stretch Goal #1 reached thanks to Kickstarter's 'projects we love' email
Some time through the night pledges went past the £8500 stretch goal target so now all pledgers will get an additional reward: a poster based on this popular posting from... Read more
Stretch goal #1: a poster
Thanks to all you lovely people the funding target of £4000 was met within 20 hours. It's now at a touch under £6000. If it breaks through £8500, the reward... Read more
OMG! (It's OK, term first used pre-1914)
I've been staggered by all your swift and generous support. Thank you all very much.
You're helping to pay for my research. Today, for instance, I'm at Warwick Uni rooting... Read more
Wow, I really, really didn't expect the book to take off that quickly.
It went live on Kickstarter when I was on a late train to Coventry. (I'm still on... Read more