Steve Abraham was stopped by police officers as he legally rode down the A47 Norwich bypass on Saturday evening

Steve Abraham was stopped by police officers on Saturday (December 5) night as he rode down the A47 Norwich bypass during his on-going attempt to break the world cycling annual mileage record.

Abraham was riding along the road in the evening towards the end of the day’s 233-mile ride, which started in Cardiff, when he was halted by officers who evidently considered that he should not have been riding on the road – even though he is perfectly entitled to do so.

“I wouldn’t normally use that road as it’s like a motorway without a hard shoulder most of the time,” explained Abraham on his Facebook page. “But some of these big roads are good for a fast night run when the traffic is very light.

“Much better than riding through villages at speed in the night with drunks and parked cars everywhere.”

Initial reports that the police had tried to arrest the 41-year-old were dismissed by him.

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“I seriously doubt the police were going to arrest me. It was just a case of them feeling the need to talk to me as if I was a five-year-old child. ‘But there are cars and lorries on this road!’ said he. I merely pointed out that this was the case on all roads.”

After engaging in a discussion, Abraham remounted his bike and carried on to complete his ride, although he said the incident left a “bitter taste”, he said he understood the reasons behind the interruption.

“Don’t forget that when things go wrong, they [police] do have the very horrible job of informing families of the loss of lives,” said Abraham. “The police are the good guys and we’d do better to help inform them better than attack those who make our lives better.

“They are human and have a lot to deal with. In the grand scheme of things it’s no big deal and the way to stop this nonsense is via good campaigning and publicity.”

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CTC’s road safety and legal campaigns officer Duncan Dollimore wrote in a blog: “A police officer stopping and questioning Steve for cycling on an A road reflects the same reluctance to accept and acknowledge both the rights of cyclists to use the highway, and the responsibilities of others towards them.

“It is crucial that cyclists do not feel bullied off certain roads which motorists would rather we did not use, because if we lose the right to use those roads we are unlikely to retrieve it, which could be the thin end of the wedge with cyclists’ legal rights.”

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Abraham is attempting to better the record of 75,065 miles set by Tommy Goodwin in 1935. His attempt hit a drawback in March when he was involved in a collision with a moped, resulting in him fracturing his ankle.

Due to the setback, Abraham ‘reset’ his year record attempt to start in August, although he is also continuing with his original January-December plan. As well as attempting to beat Goodwin’s record, Abraham has competition from American Kurt Searvogel, who currently has ridden more miles than Abraham in 2015.

You can follow Abraham’s progress via his website.

  • poisonjunction

    You write like a 12 year old child . . . have you ridden a bicycle, other than on the pavement?
    As you mature you will begin to understand that neither Roads nor Cars are ‘dangerous’.

    Mr Abrahams was riding in the evening, not in rush hour traffic. The constables in my view were being officious. They chose a soft target to ‘bully’, a lone law abiding citizen, a cyclist and [relatively] slow moving, so no high speed ‘chase’ to apprehend, minding his own business riding on a road he was lawfully entitled to be on.

    In stopping him without due cause, they totally exceeded their remit, and in todays common parlance, violated his civil rights!. Mr Abrahams should have taken their numbers and names, and reported them to the Chief Constable!

    No doubt nearing the end of a long ride from Cardiff past Norwich, pencil and paper to write on were not high on Mr Abrahams list of priorities, he just wanted to get home.

    In a not dissimilar experience I followed this course of action, of course I wasn’t told what happened to the constable.

  • Stevo
  • Walter Crunch

    Well, this proves you are a dolt and a racist. No desire to interact with you any longer. Please cease from breeding.

  • Stevo
  • Walter Crunch

    Yes…it only serves one group just as racist laws of yesteryear did.

  • Walter Crunch

    It’s simple. How many prime ministers or presidents are there? They are first in society and nobody whines about their numbers being insignificant. People and cyclists are how we primarily move. Cars are on life support and require a supply chain never seen before in our world. It will be dead soon.

    While bikes and Peds chug along.

  • Stevo
  • Stevo

    Except for those that aren’t. How many bikes have you ever seen on a motorway?

  • Walter Crunch

    Roads are for people and bikes first. Cars and freight second.

  • Walter Crunch

    Yes…let’s close all roads that cyclists might be murdered upon. Clearly that is the solution.

  • Stevo

    It’s effectively a motorway, scarcely used by cyclists. Closing it to cyclists would have little impact. Closing it to motor traffic would result in all the cars and lorries cutting through the city centre or using B-roads, which would not be good.

  • Paul Jakma

    A motorway would actually be safer.

    It is ridiculous that any cyclist who dares to go on a 70mph multi-lane road and cycle in a lane free of traffic will find themselves escorted by police off to, potentially, a 70 mph multi-lane road where the cyclist is expected to cycle in the same lane as that traffic.

    The UK is often bizarre when it comes to road and cyclist safety.

  • Seb K

    Close roads like this FOR cyclists would have been better .

  • Stevo

    That’s so clever. Well done!

  • Pedro Nogo

    Do put the handbag down. There’s a good chap.

  • Stevo

    So what function does your “#WTF” metadatum serve?

    Anyway, my brain functions well enough to distinguish between the concepts of “roads like this” and “all roads”. Yours seems not to.

  • Stevo

    Driving is inherently dangerous. All people make mistakes, so every driver is potentially a “dangerous driver”. Motorways are closed to cyclists and the like because of “dangerous drivers”. That is considered acceptable. Why is it a problem if I suggest closing a road to cyclists that is “like a motorway without a hard shoulder”?

  • Pedro Nogo

    Well, dispersing personal insults is bound to bring me round to your view – highly cerebral of you. So your “…close roads like this…” comment apparently only applies to “one particularly dangerous section of road”? Your brain clearly functions perfectly despite your not being connected to your own train of thought. And what is with this Twitter nonsense? The hastag metadata marker has a wider use in social media and contemporary vernacular than the one platform (which I don’t use). Your obtuseness may be your problem here.

  • Josh Tambini

    That’s understandable when people suggest things like closing roads to cyclists because of dangerous drivers!

  • Stevo

    The only problem here is your obtuseness. The article is about one particularly dangerous section of road. It is not about all roads. And what is this “#WTF” nonsense? Does your brain not function if it’s not connected to twitter?

  • Stevo

    Quite. Some people seem to have big chips on their shoulders.

  • briantrousers

    Surely the point of this was concern for the cyclist? Advising someone that they’re cycling on an extremely busy and potentially dangerous road (one which he admits is akin to a motorway) is a sensible course of action. How would the police have known he is an experienced guy who knows what he’s doing?

    Why does everything like this has to be perceived as anti-cyclist?

  • J1

    Put a segregated cycle lane alongside, you know like a modern, forward-thinking country would…..oh we’re in the UK, never mind, there’s nothing outside of London according to our government.

  • J1

    It’s only the police, they don’t need to know laws and that sort of thing.

    Are they going to stop the testers when they’re riding on dual carriageways too?

    He should’ve used the old “Do you know who I am mate? I’m going for a record!”

  • J1

    But they got the pesky cyclist!

  • Pedro Nogo

    oh well, just ban cyclists, horses, pedestrians, animals etc from all roads then. problem solved. #WTF

  • Stevo

    Eh? Not pointless at all. Just safer.

  • Darren Barratt

    Well, that would make the road rather pointless, wouldn’t it.
    If cars are causing problems on the road, you get rid of the cars, not other road users.

  • Matt Haigh

    No doubt many vehicles with defective lights, driven by people using non-hands free phones drove past while the Police were talking to Steve!

  • Stevo

    It might be easier to close roads like this to cyclists.

  • Darren Barratt

    If these cars and lorries can’t be driven safely around other road users, then they should be forced pay for their own roads.
    Perhaps a network of covered tunnels to stop their fumes from polluting the countryside.

  • Nic Lowe

    Just because you can does not mean you should.