Odd moment ‘confused’ cyclist rides wrong way into oncoming traffic on M61

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A driver was left stunned when he spotted a wild cyclist riding wrong way into oncoming traffic on a motorway.

The bizarre was spotted on a northbound stretch of the M61 motorway, near Kearsley Spur in Bolton just after 12.30pm yesterday (Wednesday, July 6).

Phil Taylor shared the dashcam footage with Manchester Evening News, which shows the cyclist pedalling close to a highway maintenance vehicle on the hard shoulder.

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The man, who wears a white long-sleeved top and a blue biker shorts, appears to be carrying a large pannier bag on the back of the bike and a bag over his shoulder.

Phil, who was travelling back from Manchester to Bolton, said the cyclist was "clearly putting himself and others in danger" despite the motorway was quiet at the time.

He added: "I had pulled off onto the slip road from the East Lancashire Road.

"I was heading northbound and came around a corner and there he was.

"There was a National Highways vehicle reversing as the cyclist approached him. He was peddling at the time and was wearing a helmet.

"It was just bizarre and dangerous. The bike appeared to be heavily-loaded as if he was heading somewhere. It is not the first time I have seen something bizarre on this stretch of motorway.

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"Obviously I couldn't stop so I don't know whether the police were called or what happened to him. I reckon Highways England were tipped off by a camera and went out to intercept him."

According to the Highway Codes, motorways must not be used by pedestrians, holders of provisional motorcycle licences, riders of motorcycles under 50cc – or cyclists. Careless or dangerous cycling can attract a fine.

A spokesperson from National Highways responded to the incident and said the cyclist claimed he got "confused" and entered the carriageway from the East Lancashire Road.

They said: "It seems to have been a case of the cyclist getting confused and entering the carriageway via the slip road from East Lancashire Road.

"Traffic officers spotted him and then escorted him back down the slip road and safely back onto the East Lancashire Road."

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