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Video: Policeman stops London pavement cyclist… but it's not the pavement it's a cycle path

Embarrassed officer confesses he didn't realise it was a bike path - though the markings might give it away...

A London cyclist has shared footage of himself being stopped by a policeman for riding on the pavement - although in fact, he was on a cycle path, as he politely pointed out to the embarrassed officer. 

In the video, posted to YouTube by Silvio Diego, the officer gestures to the rider to stop, saying: "Hey - why are you on your bike on the pavement?"

The cyclist tells him: "This is a passage for a bicycle," with a nearby PCSO nodding his agreement that this is, indeed, the case.

The sheepish looking police officer says, "Sorry, I can't see the cycle path."

That's despite the short route, which enables riders coming across Waterloo Bridge or arriving from the Strand to head up Wellington Street towards Covent Garden, a route blocked to motor vehicles, being clearly marked as a cycle path on both the pavement and bollards.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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