For many years, bicyclists in DC enjoyed a period of lawlessness wherein they wore leggings and crazy mustaches and generally DNGAF. But that all came to a crashing end in 1896 with the first regulations of bicycles on the road. Those regulations, which were made available in churches all over the city, provided that
- There was a 6 mph speed limit in intersections, 12 mph between intersections and 15 mph "outside the city" (which was basically north of Florida Avenue)
- Only the person or persons propelling the bike could ride on it (Being pre-Kidical Mass by a few years)
- The bicycle must always be under the control of the rider.
- Sidewalk cycling was illegal. So when someone yells at you to "get on the sidewalk", tell them to take it up with John Wesley Ross.
- "No bicycle, tricycle, or other vehicle may be ridden or driven so as to collide with any other horse, or such vehicle or vehicles, or any person, and the driver or rider of such horse or vehicle shall make way for pedestrians at the street crossings."
The fine for violations was between $1 and $10. That last one seems like a pretty good law. Wish we still had it.