There's actually quite a bit of biking in the cities over here Herman. New York has quite a lot of cyclists, Philly has a lot, Seattle, Portland, Tucson, and many other cities have quite a few people using bikes for transportation. And there are lots of great rural areas for recreational riding. But it seems like most Americans live in suburbs and the suburbs are almost always TERRIBLE for cycling and that's why there's so little of it. I feel safe riding my bike in Philly and I'm sure I would in New York City - urban traffic isn't bad for cycling with the relatively short blocks and low traffic speeds. But the suburbs, with their 8 lane roads and everyone trying to drive 60mph are really dangerous.In my home country Holland I see bicycles everywhere. I too got a bike (of course), my wife has an E-bike. When weather is fine we take our bikes and go for a ride.
I have heart that biking isn't a tradition in the US, that biking in for example New York may be a dangerous adventure.