Dr Richardson on Cycling (1883)

Dr Richardson on Cycling

Last night the annual meeting of the Tricycle Union was held at Anderton’s Hotel, Fleet Street. The newly-elected president, Dr B W Richardson, FRS, who presided, thanked the union for the honour they had conferred upon him, and said that in his vacation he pursued bicycling as a great pleasure and as a greater restorative. He regarded this recreation as one of the healthiest of all exercises and was deeply grateful for the perfection to which the machines had been brought. He deemed it best that the bicyclists and tricyclists should each have a separate and independent organisation for the protection of their rights and the promotion of their interests, seeing that there was a large body of ladies and gentlemen who were essentially tricyclists and nothing else. At the same time, he suggested that there might be a confederation of such societies when they respectively reached 500 members for objects which affected them mutually and for their common good. He thought that the days of cycling were now so advanced and its usefulness was so universally acknowledged, that the time had arrived when they should not merely meet for the sake of racing and competing with each other, or to inspect and try new machines. Something should be devised that would appeal to the educational and intelligent part of their nature. While still enjoying cycling as a sport, they could add to the happiness and usefulness of their lives by forming natural history, geological and antiquarian sections and pursuing those studies in the course of their travels. This would especially commend cycling to parents whose young folks were wishful to become cyclists. The formation of the sections he suggested, if not adopted by that union, would suitably constitute the basis of a confederation of cyclists which, he thought, would ultimately be established. His desire was that cycling should be not only one of the most delightful and healthy recreations, but intellectually one of the most useful as well. The transaction of some formal matters connected with the organization of the union followed.

The Times, Nov 30, 1883, pg 10

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