Before researching this topic I didn’t imagine the animosity that can surround modern-day debates concerning cycling would have existed on comparable levels back then.
After all this was a period before motor vehicles could also be found on Britain’s roads.
Moreover the invention of the modern day safety bicycle in 1885 quickly came to represent, for millions of people, their first personal means of long-distance transportation.
Surely this was a cause of universal pride and celebration?
As a matter of fact no.
Indeed – criticisms seem to have been just as prevalent then as they are today.
The activities of ‘scorchers’ a term given individuals who engaged in varying forms of fast-paced cycling – received huge amounts of attention in the national press.