Great article on the primary importance of good design to the safety of bicyclists, with photo examples of Utrecht, Netherlands. Having been able to cycle in Utrecht myself in 2007, I can attest to the extremely pleasant and safe conditions in this Dutch university town. Everyone rides a bike to get everywhere. It’s simply part of everyday life.
From the article:
“… the safety record of the Netherlands for cycling is almost entirely attributable to the physical environment people cycle in, and that it isn’t down to exemplary behaviour (either of people cycling, or of people driving), or down to clothing, or safety equipment, or special lighting, or any other kind of gimmick.”