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Cyclist on motorway pedals past sign warning of … cyclist on motorway

Incident happened on M62 in West Yorkshire

A police officer in Yorkshire has posted footage to Twitter of a cyclist riding on a motorway … and passing under an electronic sign warning of the presence of a cyclist on the motorway.

A police officer in Yorkshire has posted footage to Twitter of a cyclist riding on a motorway … and passing under an electronic sign warning of the presence of a cyclist on the motorway.

The clip, which shows the rider pedalling along the hard shoulder of the M62, was shared on the social network by PC Martin Willis of West Yorkshire Police.

PC Willis said: “There are many types of conveyances that are prohibited from using the motorway. Bicycles are one of them!”

It is unclear how the cyclist – who is riding in a straight line, at a steady speed, and is wearing hi-viz gear – came to be on the motorway, nor what action if any was taken against him.

Inevitably, the post sparked the usual anti-cyclist comments in the replies – but there was also a response from one cyclist who explained how poor signage had led him onto a motorway.

Highway Code rule 253 states:

Prohibited vehicles. Motorways MUST NOT be used by pedestrians, holders of provisional motorcycle or car licences, riders of motorcycles under 50 cc, cyclists, horse riders, certain slow-moving vehicles and those carrying oversized loads (except by special permission), agricultural vehicles, and powered wheelchairs/powered mobility scooters.

Over the years we’ve reported on numerous cases of cyclists ending up on motorways, whether through ignoring signage or inadvertently being guided there by sat-nav apps.

Last year, during the first national lockdown, a cyclist who strayed onto the M58 near Skelmersdale in Lancashire because of a sat-nav error was fined after a van driver crashed while trying to avoid him.

> Motorway cyclist fined after van driver crashed trying to avoid him

While no-one was injured, police said that the cyclist himself was very lucky he had not been “wiped out.”

One of the most high-profile instances of cyclists found riding on a motorway came the day before the opening ceremony of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, when four cyclists from the Sri Lanka national team were spotted cycling on the M74 near the exit for Motherwell and Hamilton.

> Commonwealth Games cyclists go training ... on a motorway

Simon has been news editor at road.cc 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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