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The experience of suburban modernityHow private transport changed interwar London$
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Michael John Law

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780719089190

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719089190.001.0001

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Accidents and Suburban Modernity

Accidents and Suburban Modernity

(p.162) 9 Accidents and Suburban Modernity
The experience of suburban modernity

Michael John Law

Manchester University Press

The chapter considers the impact of new arterial roads on the mobilities of the wealthier inter-war Londoner, and argues that they occasioned an emergent form of driving that was modern, sensational and exciting for the metropolitan driver, but was also highly dangerous, particularly for pedestrians and cyclists living in suburban homes near these roads. Two case studies exemplify the collision of wealthy motorists on arterial roads with deadly consequences for their less wealthy victims. The chapter also considers the accidents associated with flying from suburban airports. The airport and suburban homes contested for space in outer London, an argument mostly won by housing, but in the meantime homes near airports were vulnerable to plane crashes, foreshadowing what was to come in World War Two

Keywords:   Accidents, London, Suburbia, Inter-war, Arterial Road, Plane Crash

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