Seeing this bicyclist near
the other day, weaving his bike in
and out of traffic, reminded me of the story Erskine told me about when he
owned a bicycle in Nassau in the late fifties. Junkanoo Beach
He said his bicycle was licensed according to law at that time and had a horn (you had to either put a horn or a bell on your bike then). He locked the bike up on the sidewalk of down
town Bay Street
with a chain attached to a post, like everyone else with bikes did and went
into the Savoy Theatre to watch a movie.
When he came out of the theatre a policeman booked him for “parking a bike on a sidewalk”. The officer was from
Barbados (“They never
used to play!” says Erskine, meaning the policemen from were
very strict!). Several other bicyclists were booked at the same time. Barbados
A summons for Erskine to appear in court was later dropped to Cole Thompson’s Pharmacy, where he worked at that time. Erskine says he was fined a few pounds sterling!
I don’t think the bicycle laws are enforced in
very much these days! Of course, I'm sure members of local bicycle clubs make sure they have their bikes in good order and all rules of the road adhered to. Nassau