Cal Audrain sent me a note and some pics from his recent trip to Amsterdam. Here's what thought was interesting:
Cal and his wife Ann are globetrotters and it's not unusual for him to tell me about something those foreign biking that he likes, but he doesn't usually gush like this.
Pic-left gives us a pretty good idea what all those lanes might look like on the wider avenues. Note that the bike path is delineated from the auto lanes not by a curb (or maybe it's a very short curb), but by a two-foot wide demilitarized zone of brick paving, which strikes me as excellent design. The brilliantly dressed mom is wearing no special gear. The guy on the bike behind her is talking on his cell, but that doesn't look so dangerous with this lane set-up.
Cal didn't explain the second pic, but I'm going to guess this is a tree in Amsterdam that the locals believe is inhabited by the spirits of bicycle gods, so every 4 years an offering is made and left to rust, replenishing the iron the tree's inhabitants crave.
The third pic shows gobs and gobs of bike parking along a canal. And those crafty Dutch figured out that if you don't have room alongside the canal, you can just park a boat and use it for more bike parking.