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Old 17 January 2015, 02:35 AM
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It was almost certainly a gradual process, and depended on the traffic conditions. I know towns that to this day, you would feel comfortable ambling about the roads. If a car is coming, you'd hear it well in advance. But you take 1840s NYC or Philly, and there were enough wagons, horse-drawn buses, and other horsey conveyances (and even, increasingly, bicycles) that it would have been much safer to segregate foot traffic from wheeled and/or hooved traffic. Even then, the locals probably laughed at 'bumpkins' who did not know enough to keep out of the streets. Whether it required a law initially or people just naturally segregated types of traffic, it was a sensible development that in many areas predated cars, but was made more imperative by cars.
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