x-posted in commuting too.
So I spent two weeks recently in the idyllic two wheeled utopia that we all gush about as THE commuter and utility cyclist's paradise.
And yes - it was all that. I rented a bike for my entire stay, and it is easily the best way to get around. The cost of the bike wasn't much more than if I had taken 4-5 trips by tram/bus every day.
Thanks to my VC skills it wasn't hard to get adjusted. I was only initially surprised at actually sharing the road with more than one or two occasional cyclists. Actually queing up behind other cyclists at lights was - well different.
And It was great to visit around to clubs, bars, restaurants, museums, shopping, the grocery store, and anywhere via bike - just like everyone else does. And its a treat when biking home from a bar at 3am and no one thinks you're an eccentric nut, a DUI recipient, or an environmental extremist.
Here's some videos of various streets via bike:
And some bikes and cycling infrastructure:
Now I just need to return with my road bike and circle the countryside during the summer. The routes outside the city are well marked, and the bike routes that parallel the motorways and cut through farms are top notch.
Watch for tram tracks in the city. Many many tram tracks...