"A mistake and luckily he was not hurt," say police...

A man in his seventies has been rescued by police after straying on to the M42 on his bike yesterday afternoon.

Drivers called 999 (hands-free, we hope) to alert emergency services to the unnamed pensioner who was riding south on the motorway yesterday afternoon at about 3.30pm, reports the Birmingham Mail’s Brett Gibbons.

The man had ridden on to the motorway at junction 5 and was heading for junction 6 and the National Exhibition Centre before he was stopped by police.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said: “We managed to get to him quickly. He had realised what he had done as soon as he had got onto the motorway. It was a mistake and luckily he was not hurt.”

Unlike previous incidents on the M25 and M3 in Surrey, and on the towering M60 Barton Bridge in Manchester, no fruit-branded satellite navigation app seems to have been involved this time.



The rider is reported to have been none the worse for the experience.

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.