OK I am on one of my bike/drive treks... this time I have headed north and am currently near Portland. Along the way we took a detour through Davis. Now granted I didn't speed a whole lot of time there, but I was there long enough to ride some bike paths and lanes in the area, to visit the chamber of commerce and get a local bike map and visit a couple bike stores.
First impression: The place is flat. I mean real flat. The only hills I saw were the bridges over freeways.
Second impression: people of all ages ride bikes there... I saw lots of utility bikes, I saw folks of all ages either on the bike paths or bike lanes... and I saw few helmets and even less fancy bike clothes. I saw women of advanced age grocery shopping and using three wheel bikes. I saw lots of those stretched bikes. I saw lots and lots of bike racks. And the city is quite proud of their bike heritage... trash cans and other municipal objects were emblazoned with bicycle symbols.
Third impression: This is also a nice walking city... the speed limits tend to be 25MPH or 35MPH on the arterial roads; I did not encounter a single 45 or 55 MPH arterial road so typical of southern California. There are wonderful tree lined roads throughout the city, and good sidewalks and of course bike lanes and bike paths. The place has a great "small town feel." Loved the train station... and the racks full of bikes at the train station.
Discussion: Bike lanes were wide... but they indeed had door zone BL... but with the space given (and I had a tape measure... I should have measured the BL... ) it would be easy to stay out of the Door Zone. The BL are certainly wide compared to what I normally see in San Diego. I saw bike racks at every downtown intersection, if not most corners. I did not see any restriction to the automobile, except for speed. (25MPH in many places) This is a well thought out city with a strong devotion to cycling that is shared by folks of all ages. (believe me to see folks older than my 53 years out shopping readily on bikes is a treat)
This wasn't Oulu Finland, but it sure was bike friendly...