As already happened with them figures of sales in Spain and Europe in 2013, the number of bicycles sold is growing significantly. We translate this article from Holger Haubold for the European Federation of cycling, ECF, which you can read in English to Spanish in its original source. Translation with permission from the ECF; the reproduction is free quoting sources.
Cycling will rise in Europe, and also sales: in France, Germany and the Netherlands, three of the biggest markets of bikes of the European Union, the number of sales has risen between 8% and 10% in 2014. Also, the price half by bike has uploaded in the three countries, with the bikes of assistance electric as protagonist of this growth.
+ 8.5% in France
In France, according to the figures for sales published by UNIVELO and FPS, the total sales volume grew 7% compared to 2013. The number of bikes sold reached the 2.98 million, and the price half by unit amounted a 1.5% to 307 €. The total amount of the French market is estimated at 919 million euros, a stunning jump of 8.5% for 2013. Sold 77.500 bikes with electric assistance, 37% more than in 2013. The dynamism of the French market shows that cycling is becoming fashionable again in a country in which call the bike “la petite reine”, the Queen. It is logical then that Velo-city of this year the Conference will be held in Nantes, one of the most advanced cities of France regarding the use of bike.
+ 9.6% in Germany
The sales increased even more in Germany, where are bought 4.1 million of bikes in 2014 and a rate of growth of almost the 8% respect to 2013. Them figures published by the Federation of industry of bicycle German (ZIV) indicate that the price half by bike was of 528 €, a 1.5% more than the year earlier. Gathered, these figures give a total market value of bikes from 2.160 million euros, with an annual increase of 9.6%. As in France, the growth in the market of electric bikes was even greater, reaching 480,000 units sold and a growth rate of 17%. This implies that the number of bikes with electric assistance that circulate in Germany has exceeded 2 million, more than 100 times more than the electric cars registered.
+ 11.2% in the Netherlands
In the Netherlands also is registered a solid growth of the market. According to the statistics of the sectoral organizations RAI and BOVAG, sales rose by 4.1% in volume up to 1.05 million units. The average price per unit increased by 6.7% to €844, and the total amount of the market grew 11.2% to 886 million euros. Sold 223,000 electric bicycles (+ 16%), representing more than 21% of the total number of bikes sold. He substantial increase in sales in them Netherlands, a country that already shows levels very high of use of bike, is explains because a popular system of advantages tax, by which the companies could deliver bicycles to their employees without pay taxes on them yields of the work, was abolished to end of year. Many people could have taken advantage the last chance to take advantage of this advantage, which indicates that it has importance and effectiveness. The ECF pleads for the return of this system and the implementation of similar tax breaks for people who use bikes.
These statistics reflect the renewed interest that demonstrates the use of bicycles in Europe. The bike is has become in symbol of a style of life active, dynamic and healthy, and by this the people has desire of invest in bikes new and of high quality for power circular more and of form more comfortable. But they also play an important role attitudes and decisions of the policy makers: mayors from all over Europe are seeing the potential of the bike to make their cities more livable, and many have committed to make great investments in cycling infrastructure: London, with its highways of cycling; Paris, with its plan to be the capital of the bike in 2020; or Hamburg, that has ambition of achieving the 25% of cast modal of the bike for the next decade.
At the same time, these great figures of three of the biggest European markets of bicycles show that the bike industry can make a great contribution to the economic growth of the European Union with its innovations. The ECF applauds this development and will continue to advocating by best infrastructure cyclists and more investment, so the use of bike, and therefore the sale of bicycles, follow growing in them next years. In this context, the collaboration with the industry in the frame of the Cycling Industry Club it has revealed very beneficial.
To know more about them benefits economic of the use of bicycles, can visit the page of the ECF to the respect. To find out how the ECF and the cycling industry collaborate to promote the use of bicycles in Europe, press here.
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