Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 21 October 2014

Top Gear's May champions cycling

James May, right, and Jeremy Clarkson on bikes in central London

Cycling is being championed by an unlikely source - Top Gear presenter James May.

His co-presenter Jeremy Clarkson may have been somewhat sniffy about cyclists, but May says that even he uses a bicycle for short journeys.

May owns three bicycles and uses a folding bike for short journeys near his home in west London.

He told The Times, which is campaigning for the Government to create an annual budget for building safe cycle routes: "I'm all for bicycles in cities. We need to get rid of road sectarianism.

"Car drivers supposedly hate cyclists, cyclists hate taxi drivers, taxi drivers hate motorcyclists, bus drivers hate lorries. I just think if everybody was a little bit more pragmatic, that would do more for safety."

He said he believed the roads belonged to everybody and although cycling was "not going to cure the world of all its ills" increasing the number of cyclists would ease conditions on Britain's "ludicrously overcrowded" roads.

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