Top Gear presenter James May says drivers and cyclists should share the road in harmony

Top Gear presenter James May has come out in support of cyclists, saying that he wishes to see an end to ‘sectarianism’ on Britain’s roads.

Speaking to the Times on Thursday in support of the newspaper’s Cities Safe for Cycling campaign, May said: “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.”

“I’m all for bicycles in cities. We use bicycles to go around locally and also for fun occasionally. Typically, our bike rides would be three or four miles. I go to the shops on it.”

During the interview, May dismissed the myth that cyclists don’t pay ‘road tax’ and said that introducing a “road tax for cyclists” was “utter nonsense” but he did support the idea of funding for cycling out of the government’s central transport budget.

He also branded many current cycle lanes as not fit for purpose, or as he put it “utter bollocks”, and confirmed what we all knew – that fellow Top Gear presenter Jeremy Clarkson also cycles.

  • David chadderton

    James May and Jeremy Clarkson reportedly ride bikes! Nah. They had better prove it. I reckon neither could ride a bike in Top Gear; more like 39 x 26, known as Bottom Gear.

  • Matthew Kingston

    While it is a welcome change to find someone with the high profile of James May advocating tolerance between all road users, I am surprised that even he has fallen victim to the “road tax” myth.
    When will it become common knowledge that there is no such “animal” as road tax!
    It was abolished by Wnston Churchill way back around 1937.
    Every taxpayer in the UK pays “road tax” through general taxation.
    The tax paid by motor vehicles is officially called Vehicle Excise Duty – or VED; it could be referred to unofficailly as “car tax” but NEVER as ROAD TAX.
    Many low-emission cars do not even pay “car tax” so why didn’t James May correct the person from the Times about this misunderstanding?
    When the general motoring population finally “gets it” that no such thing as “road tax” exists it may put an end to the unnecessary aggression that some motorists feel towards cyclists in general.

    • Glenn Mealing

      Read the original in the Times. CW editing confusing (like the random photo).

    • Peddler

      Eh? The current edit of the story days he agrees that road tax is a myth. Perhaps CW editors made a change to the text since you made your comment.