Ok so I just got back from a business trip to Denmark. Of course I knew I was going to see tons of bikes but here are my observations of cycling there.
1) Bikes everywhere, litterally. I couldn't figure out why they would leave many of them and not pitch them. Tacoed wheels, broken frames. Just piles of crappy bike lying around all over the place. Of course there were rideable bikes as well. Looked like no one in the country had ever heard of chain lube. Every drive train was rusted which I guess is why most bikes were either single speed or internally geared hubs. The 2 bikes I saw with a standard geared drivetrain were so rusted I can't believe they functioned very well. I even saw a woman...riding in the snow...on a bike with a wheel that was nearly a full inch out of true. I couldn't believe she could ride that bike.
2) The law - WOW these people actually STOP for a stop sign or stop light...and they wait. In 4 days there I saw 2 people run lights and that is of litterally more than a thousand cyclists I saw.
3) Helmets - what is a helmet? I saw a total of 6 adults wearing helmets but it did seem like the kids (all of them) riding in seats with their parents had helmets on. I didn't see anyone die so go figure.
4) Bike lanes - ok anti bike lane people they have them and they sure seemed like a good thing to me. They had VERY nice system of bike lanes.
5) The people - ok folks it was 0* F - 30* F for the most part. Day 1 had like 30-40 MPH winds. days 3 and 4 were snow...a lot of snow. People riding bikes everywhere even given the weather. I saw women in fur coats, I saw women in spiked heels, I saw men in fur coats , children, postal workers, everything you could think of, day and night riding bikes...and most of them on slicks even in the snow. One of the people I was there with used to be a racer and she said she was astonished by the handling skills and SPEED of these riders.
6) The locks....or lack there of. Well at first it looked like no one locked their bikes but then I saw the little thing on the seat stays. It is a wheel lock the goes through the rear wheel when activated so the bike can't be ridden. Pretty cool and I would like to get one for my commuter, seemed to be great for running into a store or something like that. The other interesting lock I saw was a brake lock. The brake handle when squeezed locked in the full brake position, then there was a key to unlock the brake handle. Like the above for a quick stop if you don't want to carry a lock seemed like a good idea.
So there it is. Feel free to ask any questions or comment. I thought it was great and made me want to ride my bike more. I did see a couple of cool bikes with interesting front carrier schemes that would be cool to have and a trike where there was a large basket in the front for kids...or packages I guess.