Bicycles here are given the same respect -- and follow the same rules -- as cars. When I googled a map to the Tate Britain museum in London two days ago, I was offered routes by bus, tube, car or bike, this last showing bike paths and bicycle parking lots.
And you'd better follow the road rules! In Geneva 65 years ago, John was issued a ticket by an irate policeman for stopping his bike just a foot beyond a stop sign. Bike riders here screech to a stop at pedestrian crossings and wouldn't dream of going the wrong way on a one way street.
I think with shame of my otherwise beloved New York, where I've seen bikes go not only against traffic but on the sidewalk, and nearly been knocked down by bicycles on Central Park's "NO BICYCLE RIDING" paths. Maybe when the price of gas at home gets as high as it is here, we'll all get bikes, follow the rules, and save the environment.