You are currently browsing the tag archive for the ‘Good Roads’ tag.

horatio-earle

Horatio Sawyer Earle (1855–1935) is known as the "Father of Good Roads" or simply Horatio "Good Roads" Earle.

How Michigan bicyclists paved the first road in America

The Good Roads Movement, led by the “Father of Good Roads,” Michigan’s own Horatio Earle, demanded better road conditions for the growing community of cyclists across the country.

The boom of the bicycle as an object of pleasure and a symbol of progress resulted in a natural desire by bicyclists for smooth, safe roads to ride upon.  This led to organized efforts to clear the roads of mud, horse droppings, and hazards like crumbling cobblestones and an unpredictable crisscross of streetcar tracks.

The Good Roads Movement banded millions of American bicyclists together at demonstrations, rallies and other political actions.  With a motto of, “Where there is a wheel, there is a way,” cyclists took their campaign for better streets to the streets, quickly gaining the ears of politicians across the nation.  In fact, many of those cycling advocates successfully ran for elected office themselves on platforms focused on better road conditions.
Read the rest of this entry »



Enter your email address to follow this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

MI Complete Streets Policies / Nonmotorized Plan Finder

Follow Complete Streets on Twitter

Twitter Updates

National Complete Streets Coalition on Twitter

Share the Blog

Bookmark and Share

Michigan Complete Streets Photo Stream

Categories