Hey, part of it came true........
The Bicycle-A Hundred Years Hence
Toronto Globe, June 14, 1893
"The roads will be prepared especially for bicycles, the grades beingvery slight. The roads will be kept clean, as by that time the horseswill found be only in zoological gardens. The improvement in therider will be equally marked. From the continued and increasing useof the wheel a race of people will be evolved that will take tocycling as readily as a foreign immigrant does to politics. We mayexpect an average speed of 30 miles an hour on the road and 60 mileson the track. The use of the machine will be universal. Children willbe taught to ride as they are now taught to walk. The suburbs of ourgreat cities will extend from 60 to 100 miles in every direction. Allpatents will have expired, and such large quantities of bicycles willbe manufactured that the cost will be nominal and within reach of all.There will be no more crowded tenement houses. The artisan, whowillwork only four hours a day, will live with his family in a cosy littlehome in the suburbs, where he can see the sunshine and breathe thefresh air. The use of the wheel will have so improved the stamina andphysique of the race that the only cause of death will be old age andaccidents. Everyone will own a bicycle. Those intended for distancetravel will be run by small but powerful storage batteries, which maybe charged at automatic electric stations by connecting the battery toa dynamo and dropping a coin of small value in a slot. With machinesof this character it will be possible to attain a speed of 150 milesan hour. The bicycle will not be used in war for the simple reasonthat as dyspepsia will be unknown, everybody will feel so well and beso good-humoured and disinclined to quarrel that there will be no oneto go to war."
As published in the book "Bike Cult".