The population of the Netherlands is 17 million, but there are 23 million bicycles in the country. With 1.3 bicycles per capita, the Netherlands is known as the “land of bicycles”.
In order to promote the use of environmentally friendly and healthy means of transport , the UN General Assembly declared 3 June as “World Cycling Day” in 2018.
With a population of 17 million, the Netherlands is known as the “land of bicycles” with 23 million bicycles and an average of 1.3 bicycles per capita worldwide.
In order to promote the use of environmentally friendly and healthy means of transport, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly declared 3 June as “World Cycling Day” in 2018.
On this day, international and local events are encouraged to support the development of cycling culture in the community.
According to the data released by the Dutch Cyclists’ Association, the country has 2.3 percent of the 1 billion bicycles in the world, with an average of 1.3 bicycles per person.
The Netherlands is followed by Denmark with 0.8, Japan with 0.6, Belgium with 0.5, China with 0.4 and the USA with 0.3 in the average number of bicycles per capita per capita.
The bicycle, which is a part of daily life in the Netherlands, is used by everyone from 7 to 70 years old.
With a population of 17 million, there are 23 million bicycles in the Netherlands, which makes up 0.2 percent of the world’s population.
The bicycle, which is mostly used for commuting and transporting children to school in the country, is also preferred for entertainment regardless of the weather conditions. In this context, bicycles are used for work (22%), going to school (18%) and shopping (14%). In addition, 31% use bicycles for entertainment and 16% for other purposes.
In the Netherlands, where cycling is a way of life, approximately 1 million new bicycles are sold every year. Half of them are electric-assisted bicycles that provide extra power when pedaling, thanks to the battery on it.
The majority of the people, who were introduced to bicycles at a young age, use second-hand bicycles.
In the country where the shared bicycle application is active, there are approximately 22 thousand bicycles at more than 300 different points. After these bikes are rented for a certain fee and used, they are returned to the point where they are taken.
In the country, where there are 37 thousand kilometers of bicycle paths, which approach the width of the world’s circumference, an average of 888 kilometers per person per year, and approximately 15 billion kilometers per year throughout the country.
The bicycle, which is preferred because it is beneficial for health and prevents getting stuck in traffic, especially in big cities, is also a popular means of transportation with its economy.
If 10 workers use their bikes instead of cars three days a week and cycle one way for 20 minutes to and from work, it saves the employer 18,654 euros a year in terms of fitness, productivity and avoidance of absenteeism.
While the surroundings of the train stations are reserved for bicycles, the city of Utrecht, which is considered the center of the stations, has the world’s largest bicycle park with a capacity of 12,500 bicycles.
Women prefer cycling 80 percent more than men. Women use the bike 180 million times a year, while men use it 100 million times.
Half a million bicycles are stolen annually in the Netherlands. The financial damage caused by the stolen bikes amounts to 600 million dollars per year.
Spaniards are in the middle range in terms of cycling within the European Union countries.
According to a survey published by the Global Consumer Survey in 2021, 24 percent of the population aged 18-64 in Spain prefers cycling at least twice a week for urban transportation.
While 7 percent of Spaniards use the bike daily, 48 percent of the population defines themselves as a cyclist.
The government aims to increase the daily use of bicycles in transportation across the country to 10 percent by 2030.
In Spain, where 47 percent of the cities offer cheap public electric bicycle rental services (between 25 -50 euros per month) for citizens, bicycle use is intense, especially in Vitoria, Seville, Barcelona, Valencia, San Sebastian, Las Palmas and Zaragoza. .
In Switzerland , where bicycle and electronic scooter sales increased after the Kovid-19 epidemic, 69 of every 100 households have at least one bicycle.
The total of national and urban cycle paths in the country, where an average of 320 thousand bicycles are sold every year, reaches 8 thousand 500 kilometers.
While there are 9 national and 54 regional bike lanes in the country, local governments are increasing the number of bike lanes to reduce traffic congestion and promote environmentally friendly transportation.
There are 81 million bicycles in Germany, where sales of bicycles and electronic scooters have increased, such as Germany Switzerland.
2.3 million bicycles were produced in the country last year. Munster is known as the city of bicycles in Germany. Germany imports 20 percent of its bicycle needs from Cambodia.
The most popular bike path in the country is Elbradweg. The road from Cuxhaven on the Czech border to Bad Schandau is 860 kilometers long.
In particular, the state of Berlin is increasing the number of bike lane roads to promote environmentally friendly transport.