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Those cities are primarily safe because of culture and infrastructure.

I am currently working in the Netherlands, not Amsterdam...but further north.
I ride a bike to/from work every day, as do about 400 others who work in my building.

CULTURE cannot be overstressed.
Nearly everyone who drives here, grew up riding a bike here, and probably were presented with a bicycle about the same time they leared to walk.
Driver's license age is 18, and as everyone is ON a bike, daily until that age, as drivers they are very, very, very aware of bicycles.
Bicycles almost always have and are given right of way.
A bicycle on the sidewalk is regarded much the same as if one drove a motorcycle on the sidewalk- why would you?
A bicycle is a Road Vehicle...and in the US (overall) it is just not considered that way

peace & fiets
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