Melbourne delivery cyclist riding on wrong side of M1 sparks outrage

Josh Dutton
·News Reporter
·2-min read

A delivery cyclist has been criticised for riding in the wrong direction on a busy Melbourne motorway.

The cyclist, who appears to have a Deliveroo bag on their back, was snapped riding on the M1 on Monday about 2.30pm (local time).

The speed limit on the M1 is 80km/h.

A photo of the cyclist was shared on Reddit. They also appear to be riding in the opposite direction to traffic.

A delivery rider is pictured on Melbourne's M1 motorway.
A delivery rider cycles Melbourne's M1 motorway on Monday. Source: Reddit

“It's great to see more people cycling these days... but I'm not sure this is the best place for it,” the person who posted the image wrote.

Others were perplexed as to why the delivery rider was cycling on a motorway.

One Redditor pointed out the area where the cyclist was snapped only had a “very narrow space” beside the left lane and “no emergency lane”.

“Totally stupid and utterly f***ing dangerous,” another use wrote.

Another added the cyclist must have a “death wish”.

A Deliveroo spokesperson said while the pack appeared to be one of theirs, they did not believe the cyclist was delivering for them.

“Our data does not show a rider making a delivery at that time on that road, and therefore assume that while the pack looks to be a Deliveroo bag, the person was undertaking a delivery for another platform,” the spokesperson said.

“Deliveroo riders, like many other couriers, are self employed. We therefore only have information about riders’ GPS location and movements when they are logged into our platform and actively completing a delivery.”

The spokesperson said the safety of Deliveroo riders and the public was “of paramount importance” and riders were made aware of road rules, what protective gear needed to be worn and their safety obligations.

“We communicate regularly with riders to remind them of their obligations to abide by the road rules at all times and will soon be launching an online Safety Hub,” the spokesperson said.

“We do not tolerate unsafe practices.”

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