Police officers on patrol could not believe their eyes when they saw a pedal-powered car on a road with a 60mph speed limit.
An ‘elderly gentleman’ was spotted riding the four-wheel bicycle with a fibreglass cab and lopsided rear wheel on the A56 near Barnoldswick in Lancashire where it caused huge tailbacks.
It was going so slowly police were unable to log its speed properly.
The driver was pulled over by Colne and West Craven Police officers PC Nigel Keates and PCSO Mark Hyde.
They captured the jaw-dropping journey on their dash cam and uploaded the footage to the force’s Facebook page.
A four-wheel bicycle with fibreglass cab and a lopsided rear wheel (pictured) was spotted on the A56 Skipton Road in Lancashire this week
The officers wrote: ‘It’s not often you’re stuck behind one of these pedalling down Wisick Hill. More than a few angry motorists. The rider was spoken to #pedalfaster.’
The force had several calls from worried motorists after the vehicle was spotted on the A45 Skipton Road at around 4.30pm on Thursday.
They defended their decision to pull over the driver, saying: ‘Lancashire and North Yorkshire police had numerous calls in relation to the rider allegedly being able to have the opportunity to pull over but neglecting to do so and their vulnerability on the road and inability to pedal uphill.’
A Lancashire police spokesman told MailOnline: ‘We pulled over the elderly gentleman and gave him some words of advice.’
She confirmed no laws had been broken.
But people were quick to criticise the police for stopping the elderly driver as he was not breaking the law.
Lancashire Police said the man was not breaking the law and was just given ‘some words of advice’, despite holding up cars
Jason Miles wrote on Facebook: ‘Go and catch some real criminals’, while Peter Kelly said: ‘What law was being broken? If none he should not have been pulled up if all that happened was inconveniencing people then that’s policing gone mad.’
Andy Taylor commented: ‘He’s done nothing wrong. All Colne and West Craven police have done is encourage the abuse of vulnerable road users.’
And Chris Hayhurst said: ‘What are you seeking to gain by this post with your three angry faces under the #pedalfaster. There is enough anger towards law abiding cyclists without you fuelling the fire.’
But others praised police for taking action, with many claiming they had near-misses with the slow moving bike.
Damian Hemingway said: ‘I nearly ran into him after I was presented with him pushing it in the middle of the road just after a blind bend.’
Cath Wright slammed her brakes on to avoid a collision on the unlit road. She posted: ‘This guy was turning the cart in the middle of the road!’
Michael Edmondson added: ‘I saw the guy on the road near Skipton. He had stopped for a rest.
‘And looking at him with his two foot long white beard I just can’t see him taking much notice of anyone. He looked too laid back. Could have been on his way to Lapland.’