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10 things that make cyclists happy

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We have all probably heard that if you want to be happy you should take up cycling; for leisure activities, for health reasons, for commuting and for seeing the world. But for those who are already cycling, what makes us even happier? Here are a few suggestions:

1. An open road with a beautiful view and no traffic.

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2. The sun on your face, the smell of fresh clean air in your nostrils, the wind behind your back, sometimes even raindrops on your cheeks.

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3.  A city that takes cycling to heart and makes an effort to create the necessary conditions and infrastructure for safe and pleasant riding.

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4. A driver that waits behind you until there is at least a metre (3ft) or more of  space to overtake you.

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5. A country that believes cycling is good for its people and creates and maintains a national cycling network.

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6. A great descent after a hard climb.

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7. An administrative and legal system that recognizes that cyclists are not pedestrians, neither are they drivers operating 2, 3 or 4-wheel powered vehicles.

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8. A police force that enforces laws such as no parking in cycling lanes even in winter.

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9. The freedom of cycling door to door from home to work, to the store or anywhere else.

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10. The speed you reach with nothing but your own human energy.

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