It was enough to draw stares from four vis­iting North­eastern Uni­ver­sity civil engi­neering stu­dents who gawked from a grassy shoulder, taking photos on their iPads of this gleaming vision from a bicyclist’s Oz.

This,” howled Andrew Brunn, a burly 22-​​year-​​old engi­neering stu­dent   grin­ning like a kid at Dis­ney­land, “is totally crazy!”

To the average Amer­ican, that’s exactly how Dutch bicycle traffic seems. This is a place with more bikes than people, where about 26 per­cent of com­muting trips are taken by bicycle, where tod­dlers and 85-​​year-​​olds ride hap­pily in traffic, and where the like­li­hood of get­ting killed on a bike is among the lowest in the world, about five times less than the United States.

Almost every major street fea­tures sep­a­rated bike lanes, bike-​​specific traffic lights, bike high­ways, and yield signs that, together, deliver one mes­sage: The bicycle is king.

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