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.)

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.