Matt LeBlanc, who replaced Jeremy Clarkson as Top Gear host in 2016, has said that cycling in London “seems like a death sentence” and that he gets annoyed at cyclists riding more than two abreast.
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The 50-year-old former Friends and Joey star was speaking in an interview for the Daily Mail’s Event magazine ahead of the new series of the BBC motoring programme, which starts on BBC2 on 25 February.
The American, who rents a home in central London while filming Top Gear, said: “I wouldn’t ride a bicycle there – it just seems like a death sentence.”
While Clarkson was never one to shy away from the opportunity of making a joke at the expense of cyclists, he may disagree with his successor's views – the day after he was sacked by the BBC, he turned up at his west London home on a bike, to be met by doorstepping reporters.
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LeBlanc went on to say that he has a problem with people who ride more than two abreast.
“It’s when there are three or four of them, side-by-side so they can chat – but they don’t move out of the way. That’s frustrating.
“Do I bump ’em with the car? No,” he clarified.
“But I maybe give a tap on the horn like, ‘Beep-beep! Come on, move over!’,” he added.
He also shared his views on driverless cars, revealing that he is opposed to the technology.
“I’m not a fan of the idea,” he explained. “The car represents a sense of freedom, it broadens your horizon. With the driverless car you might as well be in a taxi.
“I assume there is a place in the world for autonomous cars. There’s not a place for it in my world, yet.”
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Duncan Dollimore, head of campaigns and legal at the charity Cycling UK, commented: “So Matt LeBlanc says he’s not a fan of driverless cars, because the car represents a sense of freedom and broadens your horizon.
“There’s no place for them in his world, but then there seems to be no place there for cyclists either, who he has issues with and who must move out of his way.
“If he asked Cycling UK members, 90 per cent of whom also have a driving licence, they’d probably tell him that cycling also gives them a sense of freedom, but they have no issues with the vast majority of drivers, just those in too much of a hurry to wait to get past them.”
He added: “Rather than constantly focusing in speed, perhaps Matt needs to try a little patience, and he might find those horizons expand.”
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And super hi-viz, mandatory retina-ripper lights at all times, and body armour. If it saves one life..........
Yes, street parking is the only bit of voluntary self-regulation drivers do for themselves at scale. Bad call, Cllr Nunn.
As I owe my existence to brave people who risked their lives to fight actual fascists, that's really quite offensive. Though you are welcome to...
Read as: profitable and delayed. Hopefully he's just there to give insight into everything they shouldn't do
The madness that seems to surround the idea of being able to walk to get to most of what you need...
I bought this light after reading this review and it worked well for 2 or 3 months. I started to experience problems with the light running low...
It says she took up the sport aged 40 - six years ago - but I haven't been able to google how long ago she transitioned.
As a Marxist/Leninist/Fascist/Neo-contrapuntalist, I wish to complain at your cancel culture.
But it rather depends on identifiying the suspect, and how would they do that?
No worries. In NFBUK world shared paths will be banned, so that goes away and you are back in the road .