The Automobile Association was formed in 1905 to hire bicyclists to look for police speed traps and warn motorists.

In 1905 the Automobile Association organized a special staff of cyclists whose role was to warn AA members of police speed traps ahead.

The motorists paid them for their warnings.

Early AA cycle scouts used their own bicycles, for which they were paid an allowance.

By 1909 there were AA cycle scouts operating all over the UK, including Scotland. By 1912 there were 950.

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