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Pedal Power: How bikes saved American roads

by Zach Bowman (RSS feed) on Jul 2nd, 2010 at 10:03AM

Despite what you may believe after driving through Detroit on I-75, we enjoy an excellent road system here in the United States. Few of us take the time to think about exactly where those roads came from or how the federal government got into the road building business at all. We just assume that as transportation evolved, so did roads. As you might by now suspect, that's not exactly the case. It turns out that the government's interest in decent roadways has more to do with the evolution of the bicycle than it does the growth of the automobile. In the late 1800s, a business man by the... Read More

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