Man fined £300 for riding Boris bike around the world

Jordan Bhatt
Boris bike

The infamous Boris bikes are a regular sight for most Londoners but one has managed to travel that little bit further.

Entrepreneur Chris Astil-Smith, 24, from Acton, west London, rented the bike at Westminster, packed it into a case and visited cities including Dubai, Paris and San Francisco.

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The round trip was filmed to publicise his swim across the English Channel in August for the Dreams Come True charity, which supports terminally ill children.

He said: "It's easy to choose a big charity with a huge marketing budget, however I'd rather know exactly where the money is going and directly who will benefit from this challenge.

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"I feel very fortunate to be somebody who's had many opportunities in life to travel, open a business and study abroad and not a lot of people have this."

Dreams Come True is a small UK charity helping children with life-limiting conditions achieve their dreams.

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Chris is hoping to raise £25,000 for the charity and, so far, has managed to reach just over £6,000.

He went with his friend Alex Tyrwhitt who took most of the footage for the three week trip.

Upon his return to the UK, he was handed a £300 fine for taking the bike out for more than 48 hours.

He said: "They got in touch on Twitter and I told them, 'It's OK, we took really good care of it'. They told me to press the red button once I docked it so they could give it an MOT."

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