Sir,—I observe a correspondent of The Times advocates the imposition of a tax on cycling machines Now, Sir, I believe such a tax at the present juncture would not merely be an injustice, but so far as the metropolis is concerned a great mistake, and for this reason:—The number of horses plying in the streets is enormous, so much so that, owing largely to the neglect of the vestries, London is little better than a huge open stable yard, plus the dust generated by carriage wheels. Consequent on this state of things the air during dry weather is full of dirt atoms and impure emanations. Anything, therefore, which is likely to mitigate or remove this evil, as well as reduce the drain and strain on horse flesh ought to be fostered instead of discouraged.
I have no hesitation in predicting that when London becomes paved throughout with wood, as it certainly will be, the use of tricycles in our thoroughfares will largely increase. On wood pavement a well-made tricycle constitutes one of the most agreeable, quickest and cheapest means of locomotion it is possible to conceive; and in the “wood time” coming thousands will take to them instead of riding in a cab or omnibus.
Besides, there is this broad distinction in favour of a tricycle, it is not drawn by a horse, but propelled by the individual exertion of the rider himself, who is surely
sufficiently taxed by the labour so expended.
I am, Sir, your obedient servant,
Army and Navy Club, A. CAMPBELL-WALKER
The Times, Tuesday, Oct 02, 1883