Bicycling has not always been so popular in Denmark, but the oil embargo of the early 70's taught them a lesson as to what would happen if cheap, plentiful oil was no longer available. Other problems related to the use of cars were air pollution, parking problems, urban flight, and traffic gridlock. The government, city planners, and traffic engineers implemented bicycle friendly transportation policies which transformed the country, particularly its capital, Copenhagen.
Today, over 1/3 of Danish commuters ride a bicycle to work and many more, as in Japan, make the trip by a combination of bicycle and train. Denmark's goal is to have over 40% of commuters on bicycles.
Denmark: 954 km
Netherlands: 879 km (look at them Gogh)
Belgium: 329 km
Germany: 298 km
Sweden: 277 km (Sweden's goal: to be fossil fuel free by 2020!)
Finland: 256 km (at least they didn't Finnish last)
Ireland: 186 km (green with envy)
Austria: 173 km
Italy: 159 km
Great Britain: 84 km
France: 81 km
Greece: 77 km
Luxembourg: 31 km
Portugal: 29 km
Spain: 27 km (cómo desconcierta)I think it is interesting that the Scandinavian countries lead the world in bicycle transportation.
A Japanese advertising print (Hikifuda) from 1920 showing modern forms of transportation.
States outside of the European Union:
Japan: 354 km
Switzerland: 287 km (hills are obviously no excuse!)
Norway: 164 km (they can a-fjord to do more)
The USA: 33 km (20.5 miles - come on America!)
However YOU get around, be safe out there.