A cyclist from Italy who filmed himself solving a Rubik’s Cube one-handed while riding a Boris Bike in Hyde Park could be in trouble after The Royal Parks alerted police to the video he had posted to YouTube.
Simone Santarsiero, aged 25 and from Florence, shot the footage using a GoPro camera while visiting London last month.
Several commenters to our story on Monday expressed concern at a rider being distracted while travelling through what is a public space, with one likening it to a motorist using a mobile phone while driving.
Now, The Royal Parks, the government body that looks after Hyde Park and several other green spaces in and around London, says it has brought the matter to the police’s attention, reports the Evening Standard.
“The Royal Parks welcomes safe and responsible cyclists but behaviour such as this is reckless,” said a spokesman.
“It not only endangers the safety of the cyclist but also that of other park users and wildlife.
“It is against the law to ride a bike in a manner that is likely to endanger someone else.”
Mr Satarsiero, a student, told the newspaper: “At first it was quite difficult because I realised I could not cycle without both hands, but then I realised I could do it with one.
"People were looking at me strange, I was worried about hitting someone but I did not injure anybody," he added.
A Metropolitan Police Service spokesman said officers were “aware” of the video and that “if any offences are proven, police will take action against the cyclist."
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.