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North Haven, Connecticut, USA
1896 - EIGHT RIDERS ARRESTED. Wheelmen Compelled to Observe the Sidewalk Law in North Haven. LEFT THEIR WATCHES AS SECURITY. Two Cyclists From This City, Three From Hartford and Three From Meriden Taken Into Custoday Sunday


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A Claim That the Notice Was Not Posted in a Conspicuous Place - Trial This Evening.

The town bicycle law for riding on the sidewalks was, for the first time enforced yesterday in North Haven. Eight wheelmen were arrested in front of the Town Hall and their trial will take place before Justice of the Peace Edward L Linsley in North Haven at 6:45 o'clock this evening. Two of the party are from this city, three from Meriden and three from Hartford.

The wheelmen after the arrest were taken to the Town Hall, where they were placed under $10 bonds each. The more fortunate of the party paid the bond, while one left a watch and another a diamond ring.

From that time on wheelmen were stationed along the path to warn all who rod that way. The affair was the chief topic of conversation among the wheelmen here to-day. Whey they acknowledge the right of the North Havven officials to pass and enforce a law, they consider that the notices should have been in more conspicuous places. In Yalesville the notices are large and in positions where the wheelmen cannot fail to see them, but it is different in North Haven. The first notice to be seen going itno North Haven from Wallingford is in a place where it would not be noticed. Another is nailed on a barn like a "for sale or rent" sign and would not be noticed unless one was looking for it.

The sidewalk has been used as a cycle path ever since the Meriden-North Haven path was built. The roads north are in a terrible condition and it takes a strong wheelman to ride over them. They are nothing but and, and it would seem from their appearance that thy were never worked. South of the town, on State Street, the road is much better. Here the cyclists never attempted to ride on the sidewalk. There seems to be a question of legality in this matter. Nailed to a tree in the center of town is a sign which reads "Cycle Path." Naturally a wheelman takes the path, only to be arrested for breaking the law. A delegation from here will probably attend the trial this evening.

The fine for riding on the sidewalk in North Haven is from $2 to $7.


The New Haven Evening Register
New Haven, Connecticut
May 11, 1896

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