The blog

Softback – Roads Were Not Built For Cars

Paperback cover for Roads Were Not Built For Cars

The softback version of the book has 170,000 words, a 21-page index, 360+ pages and a 16-page colour plate section.


The first edition softback was sold out within two weeks of going online. A second edition was published by Island Press of Washington, D.C. in April 2015.

The book is available from Island Press, Marston Book Services in the UK (see below) or the following book stores.
The Book Depository

Island Press c/o Marston Book Services, 160 Milton Park, PO Box 269, Abingdon, Oxon OX14 4YN
Tel: +44 (0) 1235 465521 Email:

12 thoughts on “Softback – Roads Were Not Built For Cars

  1. Piotr Kuropatwinski / Reply October 14, 2014 at 7:25 am

    While promoting cycling we often encounter opinions that cyclists should not use the carriageway, which is supposed to be used exclusively by cars, trucks, buses or other fourwheeled vehicles. I consider the book as an important eye opener – helping to promote the cause, that we are all humans, whether we ride a bike, drive a car or cross the street. We all have the right to be safe and to feel safe in our living environment, particularly in urban areas. Roads were not build for cars, towns and cities should not be planned exclusively or primarily with car traffic or car parking in mind.

    • carltonreid / Reply October 14, 2014 at 7:29 am

      You’ll like the book, then!

  2. Gary Woodfall / Reply October 28, 2014 at 1:43 am

    Yes I would like to purchase a soft cover version of your book but I keep getting directed to this site with no way of paying for it

    • carltonreid / Reply November 6, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      Sorry, Gary. All print copies were sold out a wee while ago. Am working on a revised second edition for early 2015.

  3. Peterk / Reply December 2, 2014 at 3:43 am

    ” If you want to be kept up to date with the progress of the second edition please sign up for the book emailed newsletter.”

    couldn’t find where to sign up for the newletter

    • carltonreid / Reply December 2, 2014 at 9:22 am

      I see you found it!

      • Franky / Reply December 3, 2014 at 7:11 am

        Where is it, still cannot find it.

        • carltonreid / Reply December 3, 2014 at 7:48 am

          I’m afraid it’s sold out. A revised second edition will be available in c. February 2015. Still available – because they’re digital – are the Kindle, iPad and ePub versions of the book.

  4. BOB DOLLAR / Reply December 8, 2014 at 6:35 pm

    Please advise me when the second printing is available.

    Thank you.

    • carltonreid / Reply December 8, 2014 at 6:51 pm

      Hi Bob

      Will do. You’re on the mailing list so will get an email when there’s some info on the 2nd edition.



  5. David Greening / Reply January 11, 2015 at 11:50 am

    Damn and damn again! Even though I subscribed to your Kickstart campaign, 2012?, some how all your subsequent e-mail notifications didn’t seem to prompt me for the hardback publication in September 2013! And now I see that the softback print run sold out “in the blinking of an eye” in December post review in the Guardian!

    I’ve inquired in two bookshops, Topping & Co., Bath, and The Book Shop, Bridport, and both advise it’s out-of-print with no date for reprinting!

    Anyway, I can see from the website that I can register for your possible February reprint of the softback version, which I’ll do, but a hardback is what I really would like.

    Best wishes for future projects.

    • carltonreid / Reply January 11, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      Hi David

      Actually, the softbacks were sold out long before the Guardian review. If you’ve signed up for the book email you should soon get notification of some good news on the book availability front, including hardbacks.



Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *