Carriage of Bicycles (1881)

Carriage of Bicycles

To the Editor of the Morning Post

Sir, – With some satisfaction I note “A Subscriber’s” letter in this morning’s number of your paper and think this subject greatly requires ventilation. Being a constant rider of the bicycle, I have frequently been delayed by bad weather and other mishaps when making from home and felt compelled to avail myself of the railway, invariably riding in the brake with my machine and having no assistance from porter or guard and for this have been charged at some rate as is required of the leaseholder of a cumbersome “piano organ mounted on truck on wheels,” which certainly requires a luggage-van to itself and three porters to lift it in and out. Once, when riding towards home in the dark, I had some accident happen which damaged my bicycle, so I could not ride it and took a train only three miles, having to pay 1s besides my own fair. Last summer I took it down to Penzance by rail, paying 8s for it, a most iniquitous charge, as the amount of room taken up is comparatively nil, at my own risk, the companies taking them only on that stipulation. There is a great misapprehension on the part of the non-cycling ‘public that the railway companies are sufferers from this splendid invention; but every practical rider argues, and that rightly, that thousands of men who rarely went far from home before now run away from town on Saturday afternoons to seaside and would return by rail Sunday night or Monday morning provided the management of our railways was more enlightened to their shareholders’ interests. – Apologising for the length of this, and enclosing my card, I subscribe myself,                     Canonbury Bicycle Club,

Cow Cross-street, Nov. 9

The Morning Post, November 10, 1881; p 7

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