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 joined road.cc 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.