And while we’re on the subject of the superiority of cycling over driving: I was on my bike this morning, cycling slowly up a hill between two high hedges on my way to get a paper. I was a little startled when a young bluetit – possibly on its maiden flight – hopped out of one of the hedges and started to fly across my bows. It was quickly joined by a sibling and suddenly there were two young birds circling over my head and cheeping madly while I was just cycling along, laughing like a loon.
Seriously, when was the last time that ever happened when you were in a car? And besides, even if it did, the first thing you’d know about it would be when you were wiping the baby bluetit feathers off your windscreen or picking them out of your grille.