Yes, you are right about the confirmed parking spot, but most houses have some provision for parking and so that isn't an issue in the suburbs. Car ownership is quite high there, but km driven is low because people walk or cycle for short trips and commute via rail in the metropolitan areas (read: suburbs). Don't think that all land in Japan is expensive, it isn't. It's just it is actually more convenient to cycle than it is to drive in many cases - and I don't see why that is such an issue in such a small town as Motala... It's perfectly compact enough for most people to even walk to the station - the 4km was right to the edge of the settled area.So the japanese are frequent bicyclists because they are more environmental friendly? I think it has to do with the lack of parkingspace due to the stellar price of land. I have read that in some japanese cities you need to confirm that you have a parkingspot before you are allowed to buy a car.