From the "Evesham Journal", July, 1903.
"ANOTHER MOTORIST FINED - Alfred Walter Haynes, 30, Edgbaston Street, Birmingham, was charged with driving a motor bicycle on the highway at Studley, at a greater speed than twelve miles an hour, on June 21st.- Defendant admitted the charge, adding that he had no intention of going furiously.- P.S.Grubb deposed that he saw the defendant riding a motor bicycle. He was coming from the direction of Birmingham and going towards Alcester.
Witness timed him over a measured quarter of a mile, which he covered in forty-one seconds, being at the rate of 21¾ miles an hour. By defendant: He only had one stop watch, but another officer signalled to him with a handkerchief. Defendant remarked that he had been riding for twenty-five years, and this was the first time that any charge had been brought against him.- The Chairman: You don't mean that you have ridden a motor bicycle for twenty- five years! Defendant: No, Sir, certainly not; I mean an ordinary bicycle.- The Chairman: We were thinking it would be getting rather old fashioned if you had had a motor bicycle for twenty five years! (Laughter). A fine of £1 and costs was imposed."
Battle against the 12mph speed limit.
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