Footage has emerged of a cyclist getting a tow from a truck on the A41 dual carriageway in Wolverhampton – and apparently, it’s not the first time he has done it.
According to the London Economic, the footage was shot on Monday afternoon, and at times the presence of tram tracks also create an additional danger for the rider.
The cyclist was filmed by Garry Faulkner, who was passenger in a vehicle travelling behind the cyclist and the sewage truck he was hitching a lift from.
He said: “He pulled directly in front of the van I was in at the lights and we thought it looked strange.
“We then saw him grab a handle on the back of the truck and off they went. “He was travelling around 35 mph for about a mile-ish.
“It was very dangerous, especially as he was riding along the city tram lines. “His wheel nearly drops in the tram line towards the end of the video.
“He was laughing as he saw us filming and seems quite a cheeky character.
“Apparently he’s been seen doing it before on that road,” he added.
Back in 2014, we published footage of a cyclist using his own pedal power to draft a lorry at 40 mph in Manchester.
Just a week later featured the Brazilian daredevil Evandro Portelo who attached a GoPro to the back of a moving lorry then, together with a friend, pedalled up to a speed of 77 mph.
Holding onto a moving motor vehicle while cycling is not only inadvisable, but can also be considered as a criminal offence.
Last week we reported of how cyclist Colin Jones submitted footage of a road rage incident but ended up being found guilty of careless cycling and fined because his video showed him holding onto a moving car as he remonstrated with the driver.
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