Bicycles outselling cars!!!

Have you guys seen this? This was an article on NPR a few days ago…and we had to share it:

We know that Europeans love their bicycles — think Amsterdam or Paris. Denmark even has highways specifically for cyclists.

Indeed, earlier this month, NPR’s Lauren Frayer reported that Spain, which has long had a love affair with cars, is embracing the bicycle: For the first time on record, Lauren noted, bicycles outsold cars in the country.

But it’s becoming a Continent-wide phenomenon. More bikes were sold in Italy than cars — for the first time since World War II.

Read more of the link-heavy article by visiting the NPR page directly.

Here’s a chart as to what is going on:


We are still hoping to see a similar comparison between car and bicycle sales in the U.S. If anyone out there has stumbled across such numbers, please let us know.


  1. Clancy

    Momentum Mag had a write up a week ago. Bike are outselling cars in the US, but it is still mostly for recreation(75%).

    Momentum linked to a National Bike Retailers report. The number get very interesting as to where bikes are purchased. 75% are sold through the Mass Merchant channels- Walmart,Target.

  2. Raiyn

    Too bad there’s not a way to track used bike sales as well. I’ve got a feeling that those numbers would be up too.

  3. Ghost Rider

    @Raiyn — true dat. Bicycles have got to be the most recycled consumer product in existence. I own several bikes that have had several owners before me, and I know the used market is HUGE!

  4. Raiyn

    Oddly, mine were either bought new or were one owner rigs (including childhood hand-me-downs). Even my Varsity was a one previous owner job.

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