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Bicycles Outselling Cars Nearly 2-to-1 in Europe

Cars sales continue to their fall in Europe, while bicycles - and electric-assist models - continue to outpace by a factor of nearly two-to-one.

Published: 22-Apr-2013

The European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association released their latest sales numbers. For the first quarter of 2013, reports the European Cyclist's Federation, car sales were down 9.8% compared to the same period in 2012. In fact, the 12 million units sold in 2012 represents the industry's slowest year since 1995. Worse yet, sales are expected this year to be down another 5-8%.

In contrast, points out Fabian Küster, the ECF's senior policy officer, bicycle sales rose from 18.9 million in 2000 to around 20 million in 2011: that's nearly two bikes for every car sold.

Küster notes that all these bikes are not just for "decoration."

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