Northern Europe is already well known for its fondness for bikes, and now also France has introduced incentives for employees who are willing to bike to their jobs.
What about Italy? The narrow roads of its centuries-old cities would look an ideal scenario for bikes, especially since cars are stuck in traffic jams and the public transportation network is often inefficient.
However, bikes are seldom used; rather, in most cities you will see a sizable number of scooters. It is not just laziness. In Italy there is a widespread lack of cycle lanes, and traveling within the cities by bike is just plain dangerous.
Moreover, bikes are very easy to steal, and their subtraction is nearly a tradition in university cities.
In the last years some Municipalities have started offering public bikes, usually painted in yellow, which can be rented free of charge.