[By Dagonet.] ™ No m m ? re has been heard publicly of Mr T.. M. Wilford's cycle path scheme, and it would seem that the project had been dropped for the present. However, the Hutt road, under the influence of the dry weather of last week, was rapidly hardening, but the rain which fell this week has again taken aw.ay any claims it might have had to the name of "road." Last Sunday very large numbers of cyclists were induced by the beauty of the day to ride to the Hutt district. Between Ngahauranga and Petone a narrow path in the centre of the mud had been beaten hard by horses' hoofs and hundreds of bicycles, enabling riders to remain in the saddle from town to their destination. *• A novel race was recently run on the Pare dcs Princes track, Paris. It was a mixed event in which cyclists, motorcyclists, pedestrians, roller-skaters, and donkeys competed, and the vast crowd went into convulsions of laughter over the struggle. Each class had its heat, of which the winner was qualified for the final handicap. This was 175 yards, with the cyclist and motor-cyclist on scratch, the ped. at 10yds, the roller-skater at 45yds, and the donkey at 100. The motor man was hopelessly out of it in , the opening, shuffle, the cyclist and don- ! key running a, nose and ear finish, with i the skater and pedestrian third and fourth. Cyclists should remetaiber-^-particularly j lady cyclists, who don't always remember — that the rule is that led horses must always be met and passed on the side on which the man in charge is.The Recorder of London recently, in his charge to the Grand Jury at the Cen=tral Criminal Court, uttered a word of warning to cyclists in general. His remarks were made when referring to the manslaughter charge in which a lad named Buse was accused of fatally injuring a middle-aged woman by knocking I her down witb a bicycle, the allegation i being that he was riding at an excessive pace. Unfortunately (said the Recorder) there was an idea that if persons would walk in the road and an accident occurred they alone were responsible. This I was not the law. The Queen's highway i did not belong only to those riding and i driving along it, but to all, and people had just as much right to walk on it as others had to drive along it, and the latter were bound to exercis& all reasonable and proper care. Free-wheel contests, in which the competitors, after rfding a certain distance, cease pedalling and allow their machines to travel so long as the impetus lasts, are becoming popular in England. The latest record was that of a rider who covered 736 yards after he had stopped nedalling. In the United States there is a cycling club, membership of which is confined to clergymen of various denominations. A Home paper remarks that the man who rides a free wheel bicycle without brakes is adopting a new method of committing suicide. "Fortis" in the Australasian draws attention to the unusually long reach affected by a large number of riders. With many of them there is just the smallest suspicion of a bend at the knee, while the toes are extended almost to their fullest extent. This is not only more tiring than a shorter and more comfortable reach, but is absolutely injurious. Some riders are exceedingly awkward in action, by reason of pedalling from the instep. Fully 40 per cent, of one's'effectiveness is lost in this manner.
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Evening Post, Evening Post, Volume LX, Issue 42, 18 August 1900
Cycling, Evening Post, Volume LX, Issue 42, 18 August 1900
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