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Police in Devon stop cyclist riding the wrong way... along the M5 Motorway

Rider heading against the flow of traffic on the hard shoulder... and he isn't the first...

Police in Devon this morning stopped a cyclist who was riding along the hard shoulder of the M5 – and heading in the opposite direction to traffic, reports the BBC.

They were responding to reports of the rider travelling on the northbound lane of the motorway at around 7am this morning close to Junction 28 at Cullompton.

Cycling on motorways is banned under section 253 of the Highway Code. There was no news on what action, if any, Devon & Cornwall Police took against the rider.

However, that doesn’t stop some cyclists from taking to them, whether deliberately in violation of the law or due to an honest mistake.

Two years ago, we reported on a rider in Yorkshire who was spotted riding along the hard shoulder of the M62 in the wrong direction in evening rush hour, who turned off at a junction before police were able to find him.

In 2002, two members of the Kenya cycling team took the M61 on a training ride ahead of that year’s Commonwealth Games in Manchester, fortunately without incident.

After spending 45 minutes riding up the hard shoulder in national kit, they were stopped by police who said afterwards, “We understand that this was a genuine mistake."

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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