I recently returned from a trip to Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic. In each country there was widespread use of bicycles and public transit. There are huge bike parking stations in all the major cities and a simple system of bike rentals.
Additionally, there is a more tolerant attitude from pedestrians, who don't get irate at bicyclists who sometimes have to use the sidewalk when there is no bike path.
Americans, and particularly Californians, need to rethink their right to drive. Perhaps the next time they think they need to spend $1 billion on further widening the 405 Freeway, Californians will look to Europe to see how it should be done.