Upon being recommended to look into the way the Dutch treat bicycle riding i found a really unique company. the companies name is Gazelle and they have a variety of products. Along with their webpage came a brochure about bicycling in the netherlands. I am confused because they say they are an australian company? but nonethe less i found this brochure to be ratherly interesting. One statistic they mention is that commuters on average say a 30 minute commute is ideal and dealable. A bike can go about 7.5 km within that time. I think that averages out to about 4-5 miles. for most people that live here in NYC i think 4-5 miles is quite the normal accesibility that many new yorkers have. along with this is something they call "trappers" its a program in conjunction with the workplace where someone works that they recieve benefits to use their bicycles.
They also mention that vandalism is still the number one issue in regards to bicycles. 750,000 a year!!! In ways to combat that they try to have more bike stores and dealers deal with registrations of bikes to insure that one is not buying a bike from a "shady" dealer.
Another bike design that they have is a "cargo" bike. Check out this page for a video on the Cabby bike they have designed http://www.gazellebicycles.com.au/bicycles-as-transport/cargo-bikes/cabby
They also have electric bikes and are heavily focused on "Commuter Bikes"