A colleague of mine suggested that there might be some value in looking
for a useful analogy between the development of "personal transportation"
from the practical introduction of the bicycle a century ago, and the
more recent development of "personal computing." For example, consider
+ cyclists were the original highway lobbyists, but perhaps any success
led in part led to their displacement by cars [and now *everyone* is
talking of information highways]
+ bicycles have a very different meaning in the U.S. ('mere' recreation)
and much of the rest of the world ('serious' commuter transportation)
[is there a similar distinction for computing or telecommunicating?]
In any event, I'm interested in following up on the suggestion, and would
appreciate pointers to references on the early-middle history of "mass"
bicycling, and particularly of its *economic history*. Can anyone suggest
relevent books, reports, or theses?
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