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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 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.