Archive for Sunday, July 15, 2012

100 years ago: City council to discuss proposed motorcycle laws

July 15, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 15, 1912:

  • "Last night a meeting of the Automobile and Good Roads Association was called to discuss their part in the Douglas County Fair of 1912. It was decided to have the automobile display on the last day of the fair in order that the track may be left in good condition during the horse races. According to the present plans a parade of handsomely decorated cars is to be formed, which shall pass across the park and end on the track. Prizes for the most attractively decorated machines may be awarded. In order to make this the best showing of automobiles that Lawrence has ever seen, automobilists from Kansas City, Topeka, Leavenworth and other cities are to be invited and it is probable that several expert drivers may be induced to bring racing cars to Lawrence for the day."
  • "Legislation relative to motorcycles is to be passed upon by the city dads at a meeting of the council tonight.... One of the provisions of this new ordinance may make it illegal for a pop-pop rider to carry a passenger on the front of the machine. This has grown to be quite a common practice, but it is believed that it is too dangerous to be permitted. A number of cities in the state have already put the ban on this sort of passenger business, and it is quite probable that Lawrence will do the same tonight. The speed limit will also be fixed tonight and probably will be 10 miles an hour. The age limit for riders probably will be fixed at 16 years. Numbers and licenses are also to be required if the ordinance passes as it now stands. Heretofore, motorcycles have operated under the auto ordinance. However, it is the plan now to make a special ordinance for the motor bikes."
  • "Then there is an entirely new issues that will be raised tonight, that is if present plans are carried out. It is understood that representatives of the Lawrence Band will ask that the city council make an annual appropriation for the maintenance of this institution. Just what the city fathers will do with this is very doubtful."


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