|This is an Amsterdam bike parking zone.|
Apparently with room for 1 million more!
That points to an especially interesting fact: This growth in bike use in an already bike-crazy culture is not due to population growth. Most Northern European countries, the Netherlands included, are desperately close to zero population growth, which is a real problem longterm because these highly socialized and progressive countries rely on new taxpayers to help pay for their famous social safety nets -- like paid maternity leave, and liveable pensions.
Anyone who has ever been to Amsterdam will wonder out loud: How can they even find room for another 1 million bikes per year?!