A stunt rider who rode a motorbike over the Fairfield Bridge arches in Hamilton has been charged with dangerous driving.

Jonathon Bennett, 24, featured in a YouTube video as he rode his 250cc bike over the 70cm wide metal arches.

Hamilton police Sergeant Phil Ruddell told the Waikato Times the footage showed "motor vehicles were driving across the bridge at the time the rider was on the arches and it clearly shows people walking underneath the arches on the footpath".