It is probably no surprise to you that cycling is a great thing to do. But do you have all the facts you need to convince even the most car-loving person to switch to the bicycle?
This article will provide you with key facts and figures about cycling and the benefits it can have on the environment and your social and physical wellbeing. Keep reading for the grand cycling expertise!
Let’s Start With the Basics
- There are approximately 1 billion bicycles in the world
- Most bikes are found in China (450 million)
- In Europe 8.0% of people use the bike frequently for transport (41 million people)
- The countries with the (+10%) are: Poland, Chile, Luxembourg, Sweden, Czech Republic (5-10% growth in Norway, Finland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Australia and France)
- China is the biggest producer of bicycles
- The EU produced over 11.4 million bicycles in 2019,
- In Copenhagen, Denmark the “City of Cyclists” 52% of the population use the bike for the daily commute
- A bike is in a city than a car (measured in the Netherlands)
- The average cycling distance is (measured in the Netherlands)
a look at the Worldwide Cycling Index.
We Only Have One Planet Earth
- In the EU per year are saved through cycling
- Cycling has a per kilometre
- 7km by bicycle as compared to the same distance by car
- Improving cycling results
- A bike weighs resources are needed
- Environmentally damaging resources such as are not used to manufacture bikes (they are used for the construction of cars, though)
- One parking spot
Healthy Lifestyle, Happy Life
- Air pollution causes 7 million (WHO) premature deaths per year cycling and physical activity the
- 50 million people in Europe are exposed to damaging noise levels that can cause premature deaths
- Cycling lowers premature mortality up to 30%
- Cycling helps to prevent
- Breast cancer
- Cardio-vascular diseases
- Colon cancer
- Physical activity reduces the risk for
- The if one takes part in moderate physical activity
- of adults is higher if they cycle to work
- Cycling to work also results per year
- For children cycling results in less fatigue, more attendance and better academic performance
- More cyclists on the streets equal cycling accidents
Money, Money, Money
- The EU bicycle market is expected to until 2022 (car market only by 1.7% until 2024)
- Projected sales of E-bikes worldwide in 2023: 40.3 million (2014: 31.7 million)
- In the EU 525.000 people work in cycling tourism
- per year which correspond to 44Bn Euro economic value
- Cyclists are and spend more money than car users
As you might have already guessed, cycling is also a big social benefactor. As a bike is much cheaper than a car, cycling offers an affordable form of transportation for people with low income, minors and elderly people.
Cyclists all over the world would further agree that cycling connects people from various backgrounds. Cycling causes a vast sense of community worldwide! Moreover, investment in cycling infrastructure will benefit pedestrians and people with disabilities as well.
heck out this brochure by the European Cyclists’ Federation.
our rticle “How to make a city bike-friendly” to see how you real changes in the cycling infrastructure of your city.