Dutch Buy 1.3 Million Bicycles

Electric-assisted models experience highest rise in sales, up 20% at 150,000 units.

Published: 26-Jan-2010

The Dutch bought 1.3 million bikes last year with a total bill of €950m, the RAI conference organisation said on Monday ahead of the annual cycle industry trade fair FietsVak.

Bike sector turnover was up 4%, while the average price of a bike rose 3.5% to €713, the organisation said.

The biggest rise in sales was booked by bikes with a small electric motor. Their sales were up 30% at 150,000. Some 85% of bikes are bought through specialist traders.


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