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Cyclist found riding on the M25 – against the flow of traffic

Rider given "words of advice" by police officers who escorted him to safety...

Police officers gave a cyclist “words of advice” after escorting him off the M25 on Sunday, where he had been riding on the hard shoulder into the face of oncoming traffic.

A CCTV image tweeted by Highways England showed the rider pedalling towards some cones and a road sign which had been placed on the hard shoulder,

The man was spotted riding between Junction 4 (Badgers Mount) and Junction 5 (Sevenoaks) in Kent.

A subsequent tweet confirmed that the cyclist had been “given suitable words of advice” by the police officers who took him to safety.

Rule 253 of the Highway Code bans cyclists from motorways, although we have reported a number of times on riders who have strayed onto them.

Reasons cyclists may end up on motorways include poor signage or ignorance of the law, or because they have followed directions on a sat-nav app on their phone.

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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