This is just the type of setup I'm looking for (minus the lack of a step-thru frame, of course). If I really had to I suppose I could become more flexible and get used to swinging my leg over the basket. The bigger concern is dismounting. If I don't swing my leg high enough, or forget the basket is there, the bike will tip over and bring me down with it. I've tried lifting my leg over the top tube as an alternative and don't find this particularly safe or convenient.
After riding the Capital Bikeshare step-thru bikes in DC, as well as a folding bike, I've fallen in love with the practicality a step-thru frame offers. Too bad I'll never be able to own a full size step-thru frame unless I dish out $2,000 or make a trip out to Holland.