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THE CHORLEY HISTORICAL AND ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY

Notes from the Archives

Transcript - Fifty Years Cycling - from Chorley and Leyland Advertiser Oct 29 1932.
Reminiscences of Weird Machines and Doughty Riders.

The story of the bicycle was the subject of an address to the Chorley Rotary Club by Mr. W. M. Gillibrand, on Monday. The weekly meeting was held at the Royal oak Hotel, and Mr W. G. Berry was in the chair.
LEARNING TO RIDE THE BONESHAKER DRESSED FOR THE OCCASION CHURCHWARDEN TRICYCLISTS
OUTSTANDING EVENTS DAY TO REPAIR PUNCTURE SEVEN MILLION CYCLISTS
SEVEN MILLION CYCLISTS.
There are seven million cyclists in this country to-day, and the pastime is justifying itself. A word to motorists might be advisable. When passing cyclists they should show some consideration for them, and not go too near them. When one comes up without giving warning it is natural for the cyclist to look round when he suddenly hears it overtaking him. As he turns round he unconsciously turns his wheel, if only a little, and it is easy then for an accident to happen.
The President expressed the thanks of the Club to Mr Gillibrand, and remarked that it was singular that he should be celebrating his birthday by giving them his reminiscences of fifty years of cycling.

Mr G. H. Warburtion Steel, in supporting said one who had taken part in the cycling races mentioned by Mr Gillibrand had told him how he was in front and thought he had his competitor beaten, when Mr Gillibrand slipped past him and won. This man told him also that the first time he saw a woman riding a bicycle he walked two miles to see how she would dismount.

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