In response to last week's letter, a cyclist wrote the paper to say that though bike bells were the custom in London, they have been opposed here, because they might cause confusion. Making statements that you might hear today, the writer says that it is the responsibility of the cyclist to "know exactly where it is best to run" to avoid an "accident" (Crash not accident, Capt C. IB. C! Jeez!). And then goes on to say that while an approaching bicycle may be startling, leading the startled to think "what a narrow escape he had," a collision was never really that likely.
Also, people let their children run in the street aimlessly. C'mon! From June 28, 1879: