But how do you get around one of these
monster cities? You can't fly everywhere and the motorways operating
at "unprecedented speeds" aren't always feasible. So, what do you do?
Walk? Hardly. Cities would be equipped with sliding pavements that
would whisk pedestrians along at up to sixty miles an hour. Since
stepping on a mile-a-minute strip might be, to put it mildly, insanely
dangerous, there would be a series of strips travelling at faster and
faster speeds to allow you to get on. Still, you don't have to be a
lawyer to imagine all the lovely possibilities for liability and
personal damage suits.
featured slidewalks in his famous short story
The Roads Must Roll
in which he outlined a future in which traffic congestion in the mid
20th century became so bad that the motor cars were
supplanted by systems of slidewalks spanning across entire regions
like mechanised super highways.
And how were these slidewalks run?
Why, by a corps of uniformed, gun-toting engineers who handled
strikers with a finality that would have warmed Henry Ford's
despotic little heart.