April 3, 1905 Indianapolis Star
PETITION OF BIKE MEN; DESIRE REPEAL OF TAX Assertion Is Made That S.000 Signers of Appeal to the City Have Been Secured. Indianapolis. bicycle owners will petition the City. Council, about May 1, tt) repeal that part of the vehicle license ordinance which imposes a tax, of 1 a. year on bicycles. bicycles. G. H. Westing, a Massachusetts avei nue dealer In wheels, who brought before the local association of dealers the proposition proposition to havo the tax removed, said yesterday yesterday that there had beon 5,000 signers of the petition that had been circulated. He said: "The idea is that bicycles do the streets no harm and the city has no right to demand demand this, fee from the owners any more than it has a right to tax a pedestrian for the shoes -he wears. There was a time when the bicycle was a luxury. It is a necessity now. There are more than 12,-000 12,-000 12,-000 owners of wheels In the city and, from the waytho tiling appears to take with them, the petition will likely have a.ma-imHtv a.ma-imHtv a.ma-imHtv of them on it. beore it is presented to the Council. Several large cities have removed the bicycle license foe because the wheels are now a neeeasuy una not a plaything." The petition 'reads: "To the members of the City Council: "We, the undersigned, bicycle riders of Indianapolis do hereby petition your honorable honorable body-to body-to body-to repeal that part of the vehicle vehicle tax ordinance which pertains to a license on bicycles. "We believe that the license of $1 is unjust unjust and not an equality as compared td the license on other vehicles, as the bicycles bicycles do absolutely no damage to the streets, and. inasmuch as the bicycle is now a necessity and no longer a luxury rue tax is a miruon on many wno cannot afford to pay said license." Copies of the petition aro to be found at all of the bicycle stores, at many drug stores and several large factories where men and boys ride to and from their work.