A cyclist was lucky to avoid causing a serious road traffic accident when a phone sat-nav app misled him to Britain’s busiest rush-hour motorway.
He pedalled for miles on the hard shoulder of the southern stretch of the M25 in Surrey.
This caused long jams before police eventually spotted him and issued a £50 fine.
Surrey Police roads policing unit’s Sergeant Phil Dix said the rider was taking a shortcut home, adhering to a sat-nav app on his mobile phone.
Sgt Dix said: “It is extremely fortunate that there was a safe outcome and that the cyclist was not injured, or worse – especially as he had crossed several slip roads coming off the motorway.”
Sgt Dix urged a more commonsense approach when using satellite-navigation equipment to avoid potential disasters.
Dez Leach, Highways Agency operations manager, said: “As soon as we were alerted to the incident this morning, we assisted the police to monitor the cyclist and slow traffic when necessary.”
The police and public took to their Twitter accounts when spotting the misguided cyclist.
One police tweet said: “A male was looking for a shorter route to cycle home from work. Phone app sent him on motorway so thought it OK.”
Another said of the rogue cyclist: “Believed it OK to ride/walk on hard shoulder – struggled to see why not. Could have stopped at bottom of slip road! Most children know not to stray onto a motorway.”
Driver Hannah Leonard said the cyclist made her usual 40-minute commute take 90 minutes. Other Tweeters called the cyclist “stupid” and “an idiot”.
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