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Cyclists have their place, but not necessarily on the sidewalk

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The “bicycle boom” of the late 19th century in the United States caused some social concern.

Because this new mode of transportation enabled riders to zip around at what was considered breakneck speed back then, it startled horses pulling carriages, causing accidents. Fistfights were said to have broken out between bicycle proponents and opponents.

According to “Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)” by Tom Vanderbilt, citizens tried to ban bicycles in many cities.

Their argument was that since bicycles were not horse-drawn carriages, they should not be........

© The Asahi Shimbun