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The Good Roads Movement started in the 1880’s with the formation of the League of American Wheelmen who were bicycle enthusiasts and cycling club members that came together to promote bicycle touring. The organization soon expanded to include a national campaign for the construction of good roads to aid in smooth riding. The group held conventions and public demonstrations as well as published materials to promote the benefits of good roads and influence legislation. At the beginning of the twentieth century, as the automobile was developed and gained popularity, other organizations took over the movement for road development. However, the advocacy efforts of Good Roads Associations across America ultimately led to the National Highway System.