And so it is that the good old bicycle can expand the area you cover above ground massively, and thus shrink the 'bigness' of London itself. If I want to visit the museums I now know it's just a gentle 40 minute ride through the centre of town. If I want to stretch my legs up on Hampstead Heath , it's no longer a slog over two different tube lines and a bus and then a walk, but a nice ride up the Cambridge Heath road. (And what a treat, come the summer, to cycle to Highgate Ponds and go for a dip when you get there)
I cycle through Soho nearly every day, and often get asked for directions by tourists when I'm waiting at the lights. Cyclists, it seems, know their way around.
Unravelling the complexity of life in the big smoke, and making a big city actually seem small? It's reason 21 to love cycling in London!
This week's reason was suggested to me by Andreas, the author of the London Cyclist blog - follow him on Twitter here.
Why do you love cycling in London?