Bicycle father of good US roads
31.10.09 by Buffalo Bill
From the Sebeka-Menahga Review Messenger:
Long distance biking is a trend gaining in popularity – again. I say again because in the 1880’s biking was quite ‘the rage’. The biking enthusiasts wanted good country roads to ride on and they are credited with spearheading the Good Roads Movement. Horatio Earle, known as the Father of Good Roads, said, ‘I often hear now-a-days, the automobile instigated good roads; that the automobile is the parent of good roads. Well, the truth is, the bicycle is the father of the good roads movement in this country’.
And the next time you see a bicyclist pedaling down the highway, remember it was bikers who spearheaded the movement a hundred years ago that brought good roads to our country.