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Police escort cyclist off M1 motorway

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.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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