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.
— Traffic Scotland (@trafficscotland) March 15, 2016
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.