Yeah, well its the flip side of high taxes; decent public transport, free (well, more-or-less) health care and welfare.
I can't get to Amsterdam quicker (1 3/4 hours by train) by car. Even my route to work is more or less identical door-to-door whether I drive or ride the train.
Cycling is really common here; I think the Dutch must have some penguin genes in them... it's really common to ride to the station, leave your bike and get a train. Thus a small city's central train station can have hundreds if not thousands of bikes in a vast mass. Finding one's own bike is like a penguin finding its chick in a colony after being at sea... I mean, all the bikes look the same (pre-war 'sit-up and beg' stylee). But the network of cycle paths is wonderful - and safe.