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Video: "Dangerous and irresponsible" tram-surfing teen cyclist filmed in Edinburgh

Police and transport provider both condemn youth's actions filmed by passenger on nearby bus...

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."


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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