The “Cycling Revolution”
The rapid increase in the number of cycle lanes in Europe, especially in large cities such as Paris, Barcelona, Berlin and London, attests to the proliferation of cycling across the continent.
The ECF’s (European Cyclists Foundation) COVID-19 Cycling Measures Tracker showed that 1.5 billion euros had been invested in cycling infrastructure in Europe in 2020/21, since the start of the pandemic in March 2020, exceeding the 1 billion euros invested in 2018/19. More than 2,300 kilometers of new cycling lanes have also been built.
The investment figures stated by administrative bodies are supported by data on the cycling market, confirming that we are indeed witnessing a “Cycling Revolution”, — a phrase often cited in headlines by many media outlets. Bike sales, including those of electric bikes, have risen by 40% across the 27 EU member states and the United Kingdom, reaching a record 18.3 billion euros in 2020.
Following the biking boom in 2020, when the Covid-19 pandemic first hit and bike sales rose by 40%, the market continued to grow in 2021, recording a 10.8% increase in turnover.