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Edinburgh Trams has condemned the “dangerous and irresponsible” behaviour of a teenage cyclist who was filmed ‘tram surfing’ on the Scottish capital’s Princes Street at the weekend.

The footage, shot on Saturday evening by a passenger on a nearby bus, shows the youngster holding onto the tram as it pulls him along, reports the Edinburgh Evening News.

He then waits for a friend to catch him up on his bike before smiling at the camera, giving a wave and making off.

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Lea Harrison, Managing Director of Edinburgh Trams, said: “Tram surfing of any kind is both dangerous and irresponsible and can have life-changing consequences.”

“If you are travelling with us and see this behaviour we urge you to contact a member of our on board team,” he continued.

“Alternatively, the Customer Help Point button located on all tram stops will connect you directly to our Control Room who will be able to deal with this matter immediately.”

The passenger who captured the footage on her mobile phone said: “I was horrified - if he’d gone under the wheels, it would’ve cut him in half.

“I heard the bus driver sound his horn and started filming because I thought he’d let go but he just got cocky and started waving.”

A spokesman for Police Scotland commented: "All road users have a responsibility to ensure their behaviour does not put themselves, or others, at risk of harm.

"Failure to do so, could have very serious consequences.

"Anyone who wishes to report inappropriate road traffic behaviour should contact police immediately."

 

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.