"........there are similarities. The Netherlands resembles the United States in being a prosperous, technologically advanced nation where a huge share of the population owns automobiles. They simply don’t drive them each and every time they leave home, thanks to common sense transportation policies through which biking and transit are promoted as an attractive alternative to the car. Indeed, millions of Dutch commuters combine bike and train trips, which offer the point-to-point convenience of the automobile and the speed of transit....."-http://www.energybulletin.net/storie...bicycling-home
Something to think about the real difference between the US and The Netherlands. While we both have our populations each own at least one car, the Dutch seem to move beyond using the thing each and every time they go out. They are not shy about using public transit, walking and of course biking. Then combine the other options as best suits them for each situation. Not turn on each other for not constantly paying homage to only the automobile or some other similarly gold calf. I think visiting pilgrims to The Netherlands seem to be getting the message.
And pass it along to the next generation-not locking them away from anything else but the cocooned interior of a auto due to irrational fear of loss (on the parent's part):
"......a large part of the answer that afternoon at a suburban primary school, where Principal Peter Kooy told us that 95 percent of older students—kids in the 10–12 age range—bike to school at least some of the time......Compare that to the 15 percent who either walk or bike to school in the United States, down from 50 percent in 1970......A commitment to biking is not uniquely imprinted in the Dutch DNA. It is the result of a conscious push to promote biking that has resulted in a surge of cycle use since the 1970s......"-http://www.energybulletin.net/storie...bicycling-home
Take the time to read the full article. It is a real mind blower.