November meeting has talks on ‘Roads were not built for cars’ and Green Capital

Update: See the live blog (well, it was live at the time…)

The November members meeting should be a particularly good one. As well as the usual update, Mark Leach from Bristol Green Capital Partnership will be talking ‘Cycling and the Green Capital’ and leading a discussion on what we can expect from 2015. We’ve then got a special guest speaker in the form of Carlton Reid who is well known as creator of, editor of BikeBiz and now author of Roads Were Not Built For Cars.

Fresh from a well-attended presentation to MPs and peers in parliament, author and cycle journalist Carlton Reid will be in Bristol to talk about how cyclists were the first to push for improved roads and, in the 1890s, created motoring. Cycling’s role in highway history was consciously downgraded – and, in some cases, deliberately deleted – when the bicycle morphed from the vehicle of rich transport progressives in the 1890s to “poor man’s transport” in the 1930s. Carlton’s book – Roads Were Not Built For Cars – argues that it’s time that Victorian cyclists were given credit for what they helped bring about. 

Phil Cavell of Bike Fit in London said Carlton’s talk in parliament was a “superb lecture.” The RAC Foundation said it was “interesting.” Edmund King, president of the Automobile Association, says Carlton’s book will “break down some road ownership issues.” CTC chair Professor David Cox said the book is “a major and original piece of work, and a significant contribution to social history. It is also an underpinning for current debates about the urban realm.”

The meeting is on Wednesday 26th November at the usual time and place of 7.30pm at Roll for the Soul.