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Roads Were Not Built For Cars book & Kindle & iPad versions

A project in Newcastle, United Kingdom by Carlton Reid

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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.
Backers: 648
Average Pledge Per Backer: £27

Funded: £17,407 of £4,000
Dates: Mar 21st -> Apr 20th (30 days)
Project By: Carlton Reid
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Latest News


April 20th - via: kickstarter.com
Just thanks. The campaign is over. It's been an amazing month. More updates soon. Carlton  (Read More)

Launch news

April 19th - via: kickstarter.com
This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read. (Read More)

"Amazing month" - Kickstarter campaign for Carlton Reid's Roads Were Not Built For Cars book closes tomorrow

April 19th - via: road.cc
Carlton Reid’s Kickstarter campaign for his book, Roads Were Not Built For Cars, closes tomorrow, following what he himself describes as “an amazing month” – one that saw his funding target smashed within 20 hours, a major publisher in the US approaching him regarding rights to the second edition, and the author being signed up by two TV production companies. (Read More)

Piece on the book in The Guardian today

April 16th - via: kickstarter.com
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 comments.... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #2 reached: an alternative cover will now be commissioned

April 14th - via: kickstarter.com
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*. This is a staggering £10,000 more than the original target, and there's... (Read More)

Revealed: Motorists' Front of Judea artwork

April 12th - via: kickstarter.com
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 site and, when I get a smidgen of time, I'll plaster it on t-shirts, mugs and... (Read More)

Second edition could be interesting...

April 11th - via: kickstarter.com
This post is for backers only. Please visit Kickstarter.com and log in to read. (Read More)

1897 cover painting, discussed

April 8th - via: kickstarter.com
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 information sources which told the uncomfortable truth about automobilism... (Read More)

Cover questionnaire: the results are now in

April 6th - via: kickstarter.com
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 keep the existing cover. Great, you're as torn as me! If I reach the new target of £14,000 -... (Read More)

Kickstarter, 1887: How Karl Kron published his book thanks to crowd-funding from 3000 cyclists

March 29th - via: kickstarter.com
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 earliest self-promoters. He was no athlete yet he pedalled his high-wheel bicycle all over... (Read More)

Stretch Goal #1 reached thanks to Kickstarter's 'projects we love' email

March 29th - via: kickstarter.com
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 the blog: MOTORISTS’ FRONT OF JUDEA: What Have The Cyclists Ever Done for... (Read More)

Stretch goal #1: a poster

March 27th - via: kickstarter.com
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 for Stretch Goal Number One will be a poster. A poster based on this popular posting from... (Read More)

OMG! (It's OK, term first used pre-1914)

March 22nd - via: kickstarter.com
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 through the many many boxes of Eric Claxton papers. I'm half way through.... (Read More)


March 21st - via: kickstarter.com
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 it). Tomorrow Im spending the day at the cycling archives at Warwick University, one of my last... (Read More)

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