From the Buxton Advertiser, 28 August 1869:
On Thursday night about 9pm there was a disturbance in Spring Gardens, caused by the velocipede riders. T. Widdowson, blacksmith, met and upset a velocipede, whereupon the whole of the brigade came down upon him, threatening vengeance. Widdowson was obliged to obtain the assistance of neighbours and police to protect him from his excited assailants. It appears strange to us that the authorities do not attempt to abate this velocipede mania. After dark the streets are not safe, the velocipedes interfering with the comfort and safety of everybody.
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