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Radio Two's Jeremy Vine busted for speeding in Hyde Park - on his bike

DJ was riding at 16mph, told by radar-toting cop the limit is 5mph

Radio Two DJ and commuting cyclist Jeremy Vine has been busted for speeding in Hyde Park - for doing a mighty 16 miles per hour.

Vine announced his new-found outlaw status on Twitter this morning, with this video clip:

As one of the Royal Parks, Hyde Park is something of a law unto itself when it comes to setting speed limits on cyclists and even skateboarders and roller bladers, but this limit seems to be poorly posted at best. Google StreetView doesn't show any limit signs that we've been able to find in a few minutes' exploring and when he was asked if there were signs, Vine said: "Not ... really ...."

As Vine himself observes, the problem with a strategy of cracking down on 'speeding' on a very safe route away from motor vehicles is that cyclists will be forced on to the far more dangerous roads around Hyde Park instead. Asked by the London Cycling Campaign if he needed any help or advice, he replied:

 

 

But the last word has to go to Vine's producer at Radio Two:

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founder Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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