Offensive Bicycle Riders


Example of 1894 Bicycling

The following story appeared on the front page of the May 15th, 1894 issue of the Chicago Daily News,

“Round Up of Bicycle-Riders.

Bicycle-riders who persist in riding along the boulevards after dark without the necessary lamps fared badly last night.

Officers from the different stations in Inspector Lewis’ division arrested 15 riders, who were arraigned before Justice Doyle at the Desplaines street police court this morning. Among the boys and young men was Harry Varnell, Jr., son of the ex-county commissioner. The offenders were represented by their parents and a host of friends. After hearing the statements of the officers Justice Doyle fined each of the riders $1 and costs.”

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