Bike To Work, City Hall, c. 1888

City Hall, c. 1888 <br> Public Archives and Records Office Acc 3218-72

City Hall, c. 1888
Public Archives and Records Office Acc 3218-72

Legislation for bicycles in the City came early. According the to the 1906 Bylaws, “No person shall ride or drive any velocipede, tricycle, bicycle or other vehicle on any sidewalk or on any public square, or on any wharf in the city.” Penalties for noncompliance included a fine of up to $30, and if one could not pay the penalty, he could be sent to jail for up to thirty days. It is also interesting to note that the City of Charlottetown required bicycles to be licensed – complete with a plate. In 1941, a City councilor complained that the Police rounded up two truckloads of unlicensed students’ bicycles while children were in school. Considered an anti-theft measure, bicycle licenses were required up until the 1970s.

 

 

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