How often bicycle enthusiasts talk hopefully of a day when the fossil fuel automobile meets it's demise and bicycles rule again.
Well, I just returned from China and that is as close as it comes. I had a chance to bicycle around Beijing for a day. Bicycles are still very prominant. bicycles have their own roadways and there are millions of people bicycling in the streets for tranpsortation.
There are personal bicycles, bicycle taxis, and bicycle lories. It is wonderful.
It isn't as neat as it was about 12 years ago when the bicycle absolutely ruled the streets and automobiles were rare. In fact, it is obvious that the bicycle is losing ground rapidly to the automobile.
If you want to see the fantasy bikeland, I suggest you go to Beijing (most other cities have already perished to the automobile). In a few more years, fantasyland will be gone like the Three-Gorges (sacrificed for the Yangtze dam project).
It is really neat.