Cycling and Modernity in 1930s London

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Historians often regard the defining events of the 1930s as the Great Depression and the march towards the second world war. Yet the decade also saw something of a consumer boom, at least among well-to-do inhabiting the suburbs of London and the south east. Historian Dr John Law of the University of Westminster joins Jack Thurston to share his research into the a new suburban lifestyles of the interwar years, including the dramatic increase in private, personal mobility though the use of cars, motorcycles and bicycles. They discuss how these new transport technologies shaped London and Londoners and how drivers and cyclists fought for the right to the road.

John Law is the author of a The Experience of Suburban Modernity: How Private Transport Changed Interwar London. Manchester University Press, 2014.

5 thoughts on “Cycling and Modernity in 1930s London

  1. Dear mr. Thurston,

    I really enjoyed listening to cycling in the suburbs. Could you please give me the correct spelling of John Sourbie’s/Sourby’s name

    Tours,

    Marius Engelsman
    Dordrecht
    The Netherlands

  2. Dear mr Thurston,

    I really enjoyed listening to this week’s Bike Show.
    Could you please give the correct spelling of John Sourbie’s /Sourby’ s name?

    Regards,

    Marius Engelsman
    Dordrecht
    The Netherlands

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