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Video: James Corden takes aim at bike lane opponents

"They may take our bike lanes – but they will never take away our freedom to ride in those bike a lanes!”...

James Corden, host of US chat show The Late Late Show, this week took aim at opponents of bike lanes in a California city.

The star of hit British shows such as Gavin & Stacey and A League of Their Own, the 37-year-old replaced Craig Ferguson as host of the show earlier this year.

In this segment from Tuesday’s show, he raised laughs at the expense of some residents of Coronado, California who had raised objections about plans to paint bike lanes in the city.

By the time Corden had given the issue nationwide coverage, however, the naysayers had already won the day, as Citylab reports.

Among their reasons for opposing the bike lanes were were:

- You are covering Coronado with paint stripe pollution

- The graffiti on the streets does not help our property values

- It’s very similar to personally taking all three of my daughters to a tattoo parlour and having them completely body tattooed.

But Corden signed off by paraphrasing Sir William Wallace, as played by Mel Gibson in Braveheart.

He said: “They may take our bike lanes – but they will never take away our freedom to ride in those bike a lanes!”

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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