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Man charged after cyclist videos cereal-eating driver

No longer bowling along having breakfast

A man has been charged after a driver was filmed apparently eating a bowl of cereal by an Edinburgh cyclist, Edinburgh police have announced.

As we reported earlier this month, YouTube user Raging Bike posted the footage after a ‘WTF’ moment as the driver passed him on a busy Edinburgh street.

In a tweet this morning from the Edinburgh Police account, the force said: “We have traced and charged a male following enquiries into a YouTube video of a male driving whilst eating cereal. #carelessdriving”

We’re waiting for more details from Edinburgh police, but if, as the tweet implies, the driver has been charged with careless driving, the maximum penalty is a £5,000 fine and 3-9 penalty points or even a driving ban - so if found guilty, he won’t do porridge.

At the time, police implied the driver would get a Frostie reception* from them. A police spokeman said: “Motorists are reminded to ensure they are in full control of their vehicle when driving and should not engage in any activities that can cause distraction or result in a loss of control.

“Anyone found driving inappropriately would be dealt with accordingly.”

(*Thanks to reader Guyz2010 for this terrible gag.)

John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.

He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.

Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for Along with founder Tony Farrelly, John was on the launch team for and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.

John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.

He joined in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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