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Facts & Figures on Cycling

Tanja Polonyi
Tanja Polonyi
I can't imagine my daily life without my bike (and coffee)! But cycling often means fighting over space on the road with car drivers.  That's why I want cyclists and pedestrians to get the space they deserve. Give me green spaces, walkable streets, and fresh air!

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)
    • The Netherlands is the nation with the most bicycles per capita, 17 million inhabitants own 23 million bicycles
  • In Europe, 8.0% of people use the bike frequently for transport (41 million people)
  • The countries with the largest growth in numbers of bicycles counted (+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, Portugal manufactured 2.7 million bicycles followed by Italy (2.1 million) and Germany (1.5 million)
  • In Copenhagen, Denmark – the “City of Cyclists” – 52% of the population use the bike for their daily commute
  • A bike is faster in a city than a car
  • The average cycling distance is 3km (measured in the Netherlands)

Interested in knowing more? We’d recommend you to take a look at the Worldwide Cycling Index.

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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. 

Still not enough numbers for you? Check out this brochure by the European Cyclists’ Federation.

All set to take action now? Head over to our article “How to make a city bike-friendly” to see how you take the first steps towards real changes in the cycling infrastructure of your city.

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