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A cyclist has been filmed riding through a red light, straight down the middle of four lanes of oncoming traffic.

He was caught on camera by Gedas Palubinskas, a keen cyclist himself, who said the footage demonstrates the need for cyclist numberplates.

Mr Palubinskas, 26, was driving into Newport when his dash cam caught the behaviour. He posted it to YouTube under the title ‘Suicidal Idiot Cyclist’.

Describing him as a ‘chav’, the warehouse worker said: “It's a big and busy road and this was only shortly after rush hour so it was quite busy.

“It's right by the distribution centre so there are lots of lorries that use the road. In the footage you see lorries whizz past the cyclist - it's a 40mph road.

“My first thought was what a total idiot. I saw him through the windscreen of the car in front and he had no hands on the handlebars, both were shoved in his pockets at first. It was unbelievable.

“Then as two lorries went past he bobbed out. It was very reckless.

“To have no hands on your bike and to cycle so dangerously is typical of chavs in the area though unfortunately. They are always doing wheelies and being idiots around traffic.”

The cyclist can be seen faintly through the windscreen of the car in front riding without his hands on the handlebars, before returning them to navigate the lanes of traffic.

Gedas told the Daily Mail: “I have reported drivers before for bad driving but there is never a lot done.

“When they have no number plate and only the cyclist's face, it's a waste of time to report it.

“That's the problem, when people like him cycle like that, they have no licence plate so it is very hard to trace them.”

Back in 2014 we reported how the Police and Crime Commissioner for Sussex Katy Bourne said cyclists should "wear some form of identification" so "you can prosecute them for breaking the law.”

Bourne was repeatedly asked questions about cycling at a public meeting she hosted.

She told the meeting: “I would like to see cyclists wear some form of identification like cars have.

“So when they go through traffic lights, you can actually identify them and then you can prosecute them for breaking the law.”

As it's not the Police and Crime Commissioner's role to set policy, though, she said the idea was “one for the legislators.”

This was a “debate that should be had,” she said.

After the meeting, Bourne told The Argus: “It is something that has been at the back of my mind for a long time.

“Because when you use the road, if you are driving a car you have your number plate. Other people register, they pay to use the roads.

“Cyclists don’t, admittedly.

“But there have been occasions when I have been sat at red lights and seen cyclists go through.

“And it is never the responsible cyclists that do this – the ones that belong to the clubs, they are great, they are the ones that adhere to all the laws, so it is the few that ruin it for the many.”

After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.