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Police tell M25 cyclist: It's not a velodrome

Rider was found on hard shoulder near Watford on Sunday lunchtime

Police in Hertffordshire yesterday told a cyclist that the M25 motorway is not a velodrome - as they accompanied him offf the busy route for his own safety.

The police found the man, riding a black and green road bike, at around 2pm on Sunday afternoon near Watford.

The interception was revealed in a tweet from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgshire and Hertfordshire Road Policing Unit.

Cyclists are banned from mtorways in the UK, although despite prominent signs at junctions warning them not to take the slip road onto one.

Whether due to failure to understand signs, blindly following GPS directions or through a deliberate decision to ignore the law, riders do often end up on the busy routes.

Examples from last year include a 12-year-old boy from Eccles being found by police riding along the M60, and a family of four, believed to be from abroad, escorted from the A74(M) at Beattock in south west Scotland.


Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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