By Bethany Gleave
This is the ‘unbelievable’ moment a ‘late for work’ commuter was spotted CYCLING down a motorway during rush hour – even brazenly tackling the 100ft-high M60 bridge.
Delivery driver Peter Waterworth had to do a double take when he noticed the cyclist in the hard shoulder around 5pm on Thursday 12October, who seemed unfazed by the cars speeding past him at 50mph.
Shocking dashcam footage shows the cyclist hurtling up the 100ft tallBarton High Level Bridge between junctions 10 and 11 of the motorway near the busy Trafford Centre in Greater Manchester.
Peter, 38, said: “I was in between deliveries and I was speaking to my friend through hands free.
“I didn’t quite see him until I was up close. I just said to my friend I think there is a man cycling on the hard shoulder.
“He didn’t believe me at first and I don’t blame him. It is definitely something you don’t expect to see every day.
“I had to do a double take in my wing mirrors as I couldn’t tell if I had actually witnessed someone cycling up Barton Bridge.
“I remember that my first though was that he had a bit of a mission trying to get up that incline.
“It’s a quite a long stretch until the next junction too so he would have been cycling for a while.
“Maybe he was running late for work and wanted to cut out all the traffic on the A roads.
“He looked like he was just going about his daily business. He was cycling pretty quickly, maybe he had realised what he had done and was trying to get off the motorway.
“He was completely unfazed at the fact that there were cars and lorries speeding past him at 50mph.
“No one was really beeping at him, but I think that was probably because other drivers were in shock.
“Not only is cycling on the motorway illegal and very unsafe for the driver but the Barton bridge is about 100ft tall and the barriers aren’t that high.
“Just one strong breeze could have been fatal. I use that motorway a lot and it can get really busy.
“There are often accidents on that stretch and he was really putting himself at risk.”
The dad-of-two claims that the cyclist must have joined from the slip road in the video, despite it being obvious that the road leads to a motorway.
Peter said: “The run up to the slip road is well signed as a motorway and it is well known.
“I hope he joined it there and hadn’t been cycling on the motorway for a long distance.
“I don’t really know why he decided to cycle on there. It is extremely dangerous and I wouldn’t advise anyone to do it.”