Bikes Beat Cars As Europeans Vote With Their Wallets

In 25 of the 27 European Union members for which data is available, bikes are outselling new cars, research conducted by National Public Radio has found. Though many European cities are known for their bikeability, the buying pattern is a new trend.

"We know that Europeans love their bicycles — think Amsterdam or Paris. Denmark even has highways specifically for cyclists," observes Krishnadev Calamur. But in what is "becoming a Continent-wide phenomenon", bicycle sales recently surpassed car sales in Spain and Italy.

Calamur looks at the top countries for bicycle sales and rates of bicycle-to-car ownership, and examines what may be behind the numbers. 

Full Story: In Almost Every European Country, Bikes Are Outselling New Cars

Comments

Prepare for the AICP Exam

Join the thousands of students who have utilized the Planetizen AICP* Exam Preparation Class to prepare for the American Planning Association's AICP* exam.
Starting at $199
Planetizen Courses image ad

Planetizen Courses

Advance your career with subscription-based online courses tailored to the urban planning professional.
Starting at $14.95 a month
poster

A Short History of America

From comic book artist Robert Crumb, poster shows how the built environment has changed throughout the decades.
$14.95
Woman wearing city map tote bag

City Shoulder Totes - New Cities Added!

Durable CityFabric© shoulder tote bags available from 9 different cities.
$22.00