Cyclists stopped by police for doing nearly 40mph in a 30mph limit area

Devon and Cornwall police stopped the group of riders despite speed limits not applying to UK cyclists

30 sign on the road
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A group of cyclists riding on Dartmoor, in Devon, in the south of England yesterday were pulled over by police and spoken to after being spotted riding at upwards of 37 miles per hour in an area where the speed limit was restricted to 30 mph.

This comes despite the fact that the majority of UK speed limits on the roads apply to motorists and not cyclists. Exceptions do apply in some places, such as parks.

Devon and Cornwall Police explained on X, formally known as Twitter, that the group were asked to “be mindful” of their speed and to consider how it may affect them in the event of a collision on the road.

The police also shared a video clip that showed the group descending at speed into a village in the region with a 30 mph speed limit for vehicles.

The footage shows the following car recording speeds of 39 mph, which equates to 62 kmph. 

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Tom Thewlis

Tom has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2022 and his news stories, rider interviews and features appear both online and in the magazine. 

Since joining the team, he has reported from some of professional cycling's biggest races and events including the Tour de France and the World Championships in Glasgow. He has also covered races elsewhere across the world. 

As well as on the ground reporting, Tom writes race reports from the men's and women's WorldTour and helps with coverage of UK domestic cycling.