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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 has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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