Well, my own bicycle is an old Raleigh Sprite mixte, also black, 6-speeds, with a specially adapted "super-low" speed I had put in (also known as a granny gear) for people who are a bit arthritic as I am to climb hils "en moulinant" (by pedalling fast as if one were operating an old-fashioned manual sewing machine, rather than by pressure on one's joints). So she is fairly cute and very classic as well, though I would like to have a better chainguard.
That Batavus bicycle is a bit cheaper in the Netherlands (shipping, mass availability) but it is not a low-end bike. Those last forever, and many households don't need a car, so people are prepared to invest more. What is pricier is bakfiets - cargo bicycles with a carrier for children, goods or pets - but those eliminate the need for a car (or at least one of the two cars a household might otherwise have) and there are probably subsidies available. Dutch and Danish bakfiets can be bought here at Dumoulin on Jean-Talon opposite the Jean-Talon Market. James Schwartz in the article I posted on cycling to Pearson airport is riding a bakfiets.
I'd sooner die than quit cycling. Yes, there are a lot of problems in NDG with very inadequate cycling path and that ghastly interchange near Decarie. Heat doesn't bother me much (I'm always cold) but the uptake in car and truck traffic certainly does.
The (Projet Montréal, pro cycling) district administration is building a bicycle path on my street (Saint-Dominique) from the viaduct between Mile-End and Petite-Italie to Villeray (Jean-Talon) where the path already exists. However, to do so, for the moment they have made my street one-way south. Hence, if I wish to obey the law, I have to either go one block west to Saint-Laurent with all the bloody trucks and the speed demons, or a couple of blocks east to rue de Gaspé, a narrow, potholed street. The bicycle path will only be built in the spring, and I cycle until there is snow on the ground. It is not only a matter of running errands without taking half the day walking but also of getting enough exercise. I can't run, or walk fast enough for it to be "aerobic" exercise, though of course it is always better than doing nothing.
A younger comrade said he had no problem taking St-Dominique north, flouting the new signalisation, but I'm afraid that cars will wilfully not see us thus, and in any case, by tomorrow we'll be cycling in the dark at 4pm. Yes, of course I have lights, but that is a worry.
Now we are fighting some of those fuckwit merchants who are screaming bloody murder, although not a single parking place has been eliminated because of the lane changes (a couple may have been eliminated because of "saillies de trottoir", you know, those wide sidewalks at corners, often adorned with plants, to make the road narrower and facilitate pedestrian crossings). In Toronto, they raised hell about the St. Clare streetcar, although now it is a major attraction for shoppers and tourists.
As for bicycles with our winters in mind, there are also equal quality bicycles from Denmark and Sweden, but dedicated paths that are cleaned in winter are an even more important factor.