Following yesterday’s video of a cyclist going the wrong way up a road in Scotland, another rider has been filmed doing exactly the same thing – except this time, it was on a motorway slip road and the man was using his mobile phone at the time.
— AM 5-1 (@annemarie6377) April 13, 2017
The video was shot on a dashcam during morning rush hour today with the person who uploaded a picture of it to Twitter branding the rider a “clown” as he rode against the flow of traffic that was heading into the city centre.
It was taken on the slip road leading from Waterloo Street onto the M8 – the same motorway where, last month, a cyclist described as “fearful and in tears” was filmed riding – this time with the flow of traffic – across the city’s Kingston Bridge.
Cyclists are banned from motorways under Rule 253 of the Highway Code, although it is far from rare for riders to end up on them, possibly due to ignorance of the law, inadequate signage or – as in this example we reported on last week – because they decide to use the hard shoulder of the M56 in Lancashire to take a short cut.
Even the pros can get caught out – at Paris-Roubaix on Sunday, UAE Team Emirates rider Andrea Guardini was escorted off a motorway in France by Gendarmes as he sought to ride to the finish after abandoning the race.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.