On my new split cycle path / pavement route I noticed girls smiling at me quite a lot, I mean a lot more than when I'm footbound. I thought this was because I looked ruggedly utilitarian and potentially sexually adventurous on my bike. However, and interestingly, I was only seeing what I wanted to see, because I now notice it's not just girls but actual blokes as well. And I don't mean the one in ten, you know, 'naturally smiley blokes', because it's more like 3 or 4 out of ten. I've tried to work out the type of smile they all give me, and it's not flirtatious or anything, but more relaxed and wondrous, a bit like the open faced natural smile on people at the end of alien films when they watch a friendly mothership arrive. Has anyone else noticed this sort of thing on cycle paths? It probably doesn't happen on roads.