Regulations for Bicycles (1881)

Regulations for Bicycles

Dr Gibson moved, “That the following bye-laws be and the same are hereby ordained, ordered and declared by the Town Council of this borough to be the bye-laws of the Council for the user, management and regulation of bicycles and tricycles within the said borough, viz: – 1. That a bicyclist shall not ride or impel his bicycle on any footway or causeway set apart for the use of foot passengers. 2. Every bicyclist who rides a bicycle during the hours between one hour after sunset and one hour before sunrise shall carry attached to his bicycle a lamp which shall be so constructed and placed as to exhibit a white light in the direction in which he is proceeding, which shall afford adequate means of signalling the approach of such bicycle. 3. Every bicyclist shall at all times carry a bell attached to his carriage which can be distinctly heard at a distance of 30 yards when the bicycle is in transit. 4. Every bicyclist who overtakes and passes any wagon, wain, cart or carriage, or any horse, mule or other beast of burden, shall keep his bicycle to the right, or off side, of the carriage way. 5. Every person who breaks any of the foregoing bye-laws shall be liable for any one offence to a fine of two pounds. Provided, nevertheless, that the Court of Summary Jurisdiction before which any such offence or fine may be prosecuted or enforced, may adjudge the recovery of any sum less than the full amount of the fine imposed by this bye-law.” Dr Gibson remarked that all those who read the regulations would see at once that it was very requisite that such bye-laws should be in force. He had no intention of preventing the use of the bicycle, but, seeing that they had become so common, he thought something should be done to place them under control. He had said nothing about the rate of speed, but he considered that bicyclists ought not to travel faster than six miles per hour when in the town. The motion was seconded by Alderman Denison. The Mayor remarked that the regulations would have to be confirmed by the Local Government Board before they could be acted upon. Mr Scott thought it would be best to adopt the model bye-laws sent down from the Local Government Board. The Mayor: That is practically what Dr Gibson has done. The resolution was then agreed to, with the addition suggested by the Mayor, of a regulation to the effect that, when bicyclists passed horses and the animals became restive in consequence, they should get off their machines, and remain off until all danger was passed.

The Hull Packet and East Riding Times, April 29, 1881

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