West Yorkshire Police have issued a warning to cyclists to be vigilant after drawing pins were found scattered on a route used by bike commuters in Leeds.
An officer who patrols the north east of the city revealed on Twitter that he stopped to help a female cyclist who had punctured on the Meanwood Valley cycle path this morning – and subsequently realised that he, too, had picked up a drawing pin in his own tyre.
Anyone who commutes along the Meanwood valley cycle path - Beware - helped a cyclist out who had a drawing pin in her tyre there this morning. Now I find I have one in MY tyre, which I can only imagine I got from the same place - someone's idea of a joke, I think!1 pic.twitter.com/HEPzer675H
— 8486 Ali Mac (@WYP_8486AliMac) December 7, 2017
He subsequently added that a friend had picked up four drawing pins at the same location this morning.
Leeds Cycling campaign also tweeted about the drawing pins, saying that one of its members had picked up no fewer than 150 of them.
— LeedsCyclingCampaign (@LeedsCyclists) December 7, 2017
A huge thank you to Allan from all us cyclists
I hope he had a big magnet & didn't have to hand pick them all up?!
— PC Matt Guy (@PCMattGuy)
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.