Amsterdam, Vilnius, Melbourne

By Stephanie Hemelryk Donald

Sounds like a list of liveable cities? Well that's certainly true, but I am going to explain why Amsterdam won the toss for me this year. One word answer ... Bicycles. Every morning one gets up, showers, breakfasts, jumps on a bike. Cars are courteous, bikelanes are wide, bicyclists are confident, no need to wear helmets because one is not dealing with psychopathic drivers (although the mopeds are an interesting development). There are huge contraptions one can add on to an ordinary bike for children, shopping, kitchen sinks ... Every day one feels healthy, energised, happy. I could go on. But you get my drift.

Stephanie Donald

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