Woman spotted riding on hard shoulder near Milton Keynes yesterday afternoon

Police on the M1 yesterday escorted a cyclist off the M1 motorway, where she had been riding on the hard shoulder.

The rider was spotted at 2.55pm between junctions 13 and 14, a stretch of road that crosses the border from Bedfordshire into Buckinghamshire close to Milton Keynes, reports MK Web.

Police accompanied the cyclist to an overhead bridge and let her on her way after advising her not to ride her bike on the motorway in future.

Cycling on motorways is banned under section 253 of the Highway Code, but occasionally cyclists do end up on them, whether due to a mistake on their part or because they deliberately ignore the law. Last month a cyclists was reported rding along the hard shoulder of the M6 and earlier this year we reported on an incident in which police in Devon stopped a rider going the wrong way down the hard shoulder on the M5.

Perhaps the most celebrated instance of cyclists inadvertently ending up on a motorway came in 2002, when two members of the Kenya squad training for the Commonwealth Games in Manchester used the M61 to train.

Dressed in national kit, they spent three quarters of an hour riding along the hard shoulder before being stopped by police, who treated the episode as “a genuine mistake” on the riders’ part.

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.