Stumbled across this book that digs into the early history of modern roads. Seems that it overs the bicycling boom that really pioneered the way for the automobile. If nothing else, nice to see some documented history that says we do have a place on the streets.
They’ve got a Kickstarter campaign running, which has already been fully funded, so it sounds like the book should be available this summer. Looks like you can pre-order a digital copy through the Kickstarter, nut I don’t see anything about physical copies being available in the US anytime soon. http://kck.st/14fdA6s