“This 1910 illustration, first published by Keppler & Schwarzmann in 1909, shows an automobile driven by a chauffeur speeding down a road, surrounded by newspaper clippings with headlines about numerous traffic accidents involving pedestrians struck by automobiles, including one where a chauffeur was charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 13-year-old boy. (Courtesy Library of Congress)”
From a really interesting article in the Atlantic about how public perception of street-use (and who has the right to be in the street) has changed since the automobile was introduced 100 years ago. It really underscores the need for groups like Livable Streets Alliance to do the important work of making city streets safe and accessible for all users, not just cars.
EDIT: Don’t read the comments unless you feel like diving head first into an Us vs. Them bike-car war. Not sure why this debate always brings out crazy car-drivers, but alas, there they are.