Cyclists in the Canadian city of Toronto have this week been the recipients of anonymous letters of thanks, together with a small monetary gift, enough to buy say a coffee and croissant at the end of their ride.
The typewritten letter, signed “Anonymous” and accompanied by a $5 bill, was handed to the cyclists in an envelope bearing the words “Thank YOU ($ gift inside)” – you can see a copy on cycling website The Urban County, where we came across the story – and the text reads:
“The gift included with this letter of appreciation is a small reward for your very courageous effort bringing cleaner air to Toronto while going from point A to point B on a bicycle instead of a car. The anonymous donor is extremely grateful and wants to show gratitude with this small token of appreciation.
“Again, thank you for your leadership you are showing.”
The Urban County reports that several cyclists are known to have received the letter, but that the mysterious donor remains, for now, anonymous, which we suppose is pretty much what she wants.
It adds: “To the anonymous donor, thanks for helping to promote a more liveable city,” and, we might add, for restoring a bit of faith in humanity.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.