Some bicycle (and pedestrian) chaos for your delectation, taken in yesterday’s rush hour in Groningen – which just happens to be the bicycle capital of the world.
This is the north-west corner of Vismarkt. Most of the streets around here are closed to ordinary motor vehicles – but you would not get these numbers of people cycling into and out of the city centre without high levels of subjective safety elsewhere across the city.
Note also that pedestrians and cyclists – even in these great numbers – are quite happy to rub up against each other (almost literally). While typical of the Netherlands, this kind of interaction is, unfortunately, almost unthinkable in the UK, where scenes like this would no doubt prompt a thousand angry letters to the Daily Mail about ‘nearly being hit a cyclist.’