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Man spotted cycling on M8 in Scotland during rush hour

Crossed carriageway and went onto local road before police arrived

Police were called after a man was spotted cycling on the M8 at around 7.30am on Tuesday. STV News reports that for a short time lane one was closed as a precaution. However, the cyclist left the motorway before police and the Trunk Road Incident Support Service arrived.

Traffic Scotland published a picture of the cyclist – who was wearing a high-vis vest – on its Twitter feed.

 

 

It later said that he had crossed the carriageway and gone onto a local road before anyone could intervene.

Last month, a young boy took a wrong turn on the way to Manchester’s Trafford Centre and ended up cycling on the M60. He was picked up by police and “strongly advised” in front of his parents.

In 2014, four cyclists from Sri Lanka who were in Scotland to compete in the Commonwealth Games were stopped by police after taking to the M74 motorway for a training ride. One of the people to spot the quartet was Olympic triathlon bronze medallist Jonathan Brownlee, who tweeted: “Just seen the Sri Lankan cycling team on the M74. Suppose it is a nice wide road.”

A similar incident also took place when the Commonwealth Games took place in Manchester in 2002 when a pair of Kenyan cyclists went for a training ride on the M61.

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Yorkshie Whippet | 8 years ago
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Not being into tweeting.

Please could somebody explain why a safety organisation would "tweet" to those using a motorway asking them to slow down and how would the drivers be able to read the message safely let alone legally?

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Alessandro replied to Yorkshie Whippet | 8 years ago
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Yorkshie Whippet wrote:

Not being into tweeting. Please could somebody explain why a safety organisation would "tweet" to those using a motorway asking them to slow down and how would the drivers be able to read the message safely let alone legally?

Drivers could presumably look at their phones before leaving? Bit of a case of "damned if you do, damned if you don't" because there would no doubt be outrage if the authorities didn't warn people on every communication medium known to man. 

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Yorkshie Whippet replied to Alessandro | 8 years ago
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AST1986 wrote:

Yorkshie Whippet wrote:

Not being into tweeting. Please could somebody explain why a safety organisation would "tweet" to those using a motorway asking them to slow down and how would the drivers be able to read the message safely let alone legally?

Drivers could presumably look at their phones before leaving? Bit of a case of "damned if you do, damned if you don't" because there would no doubt be outrage if the authorities didn't warn people on every communication medium known to man. 

Makes sense, cheers.

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pakennedy replied to Yorkshie Whippet | 8 years ago
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Yorkshie Whippet wrote:

Not being into tweeting. Please could somebody explain why a safety organisation would "tweet" to those using a motorway asking them to slow down and how would the drivers be able to read the message safely let alone legally?

Some of the cars contain passengers (a tiny fraction) who may be reading Twitter.

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HoldTheWheel | 8 years ago
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Manchester hosted the Commonwealth Games in 2002, not 2012  1

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