There is a large proviso though to the "Dutch Model", and I wrote about this last night, then erased it, thinking it sounded like sour grapes, but it has to be said, cycling into town today I've seen so many "Lycra Louts" doing absurd and dangerous things on the cycle paths (I use a route down White's Road to Petticoat Creek Park, along Lakeshore over Rouge Hill bridge, along Lake to (usually the sewage plant, and down to the lake, but that was barred today) so down the road at Guildwood, along the lake again (it's barred at top of Gates Gulley! It's entirely passable at this time, I passed only two people, both ladies, one who stopped to talk and laugh, and who made me promise to keep it a secret that the path is entirely usable, while pointing down the lake at Bluffers Park, and stating "See how crowded it is down there? Let them stay there!") Up Bellamy to the GO station, and west from there through various parks and green spaces, along St Clair to cemetery and more park, eventually through to Taylor Creek, Don Valley, and Lakeshore Trail across the core to west end.
Here's the point: Good Dutch design infrastructure is only as good as *approaching the cycling like the Dutch themselves would*, and that's a choreograph, a protocol, a good dash of courtesy and common sense. I've seen some incredibly stupid moves today by people dressed up like canaries in their wannabe outfits. And when it comes to that "Dutch bend", they become very dangerous. It's certainly not what the Danes or Dutch would do. They've learned how to dance...and that means not passing in the opposing lane on a double blind bend.
I see lots of helmets...many with nothing inside.