My Girlfreind went to China a few weeks back, and she took pictures. In just about every frame, there are chinese folks biking. Just everywhere. Even at the Great Wall there were bicyclists, she said. And when ever I go overseas, I see bikes everywhere. And the bikes I see aren't these 300 dollar mountain bikes. They're these really cool bikes with character. You know, fenders, racks, nifty seats, moustache handlebars and the rest. So we have to get really abjectly poor before bikes become common place, or what?
In my area, you can stand on a street corner for an hour and see maybe 20 bikes. And this is Hawaii, where biking is so easy it's not funny.