Sony did attempt to licence Betamax but manufactures like R.C.A didn't want to buy licences to build video recorders that could only record for 90 minutes.
Laserdisc was launched after even VHS and couldn't record at home.
It's not so much about the tape width as the dimensions of the cassette. Suppose Sony had kept the cassette dimensions (other than thickness) the same and extending the record time. The record time of U-Matic was at least enough for studios, each with multiple machines handling multiple...
Maybe a petition signed by utility cyclists would have changed the minds of these organisations and protected bikes lanes actually go against banning pedal power vehicles from roads.
What was that plan? Was it clear that cars were going to be more common than horse-drawn carriages ever were...
I've never heard of pedal-powered vehicles being banned from roads anywhere in the world, including in countries that do have a lot of bike paths but excluding controlled-access roads where speed limits* are in excess of what utility cyclists (in everyday clothes on road-going bikes) can...
Actually some pedalecs do have variable settings.
Note that paving of roads was originally done for pedal-powered vehicles, such as bicycles.
Suppose that not only bicycle lifts appeared during the first bicycle craze but sidepaths did too.
I didn't say it was before electric bikes existed, just before they were a practical option, note that pedal-assist sensors first appeared only in 1989.
They wouldn't be needed on every street, maybe only the steepest street in town.
I've seen that before. As for the idea that Dutch cycle-paths have always been there, the video does note that this is partly true and suggests that bicycles outnumbered motor vehicles until after WWII.
But the cycling did remain more popular in the Netherlands, a flat country, and possibly Denmark, also quite flat, than it remained in most other developed countries, not nearly as flat. A greater extent of side-paths earlier on might also have helped.