Bike Sales Increased 63% During Lockdown, Reveals U.K.’s Bicycle Association

The numbers from the Bicycle Association’s market data service have now been crunched and they reveal that, between April and June 2020, bicycle sales increased by 63% year-on-year.

Sales were strongest for bikes under £1,000, although £1,000+ e-bikes also did well (from a low base) with a sales increase of 150%.

“As the government commitment to cycling translates to more regular and more positive coverage in the national press, the surge could be set to continue,” said Marc Anderman of market research company SMS which produces the stats for the Bicycle Association.

“The opportunity that cycling has is nothing short of colossal,” he briefed.

“Consumer demand, environmental and public health benefits, and government support are all coming together to highlight the advantages and benefits of cycling. Most leisure pursuits would be delighted to tick one or two of those boxes, to have all three is as rare as it is incredibly exciting.”

Bicycle sales have been booming across much of the world during the coronavirus crisis, with many local and national governments either starting or accelerating plans for catering to cyclists.

According to the European Cyclists’ Federation, more than 2000 kilometers of pop-up “coronacycleways” have been promised across Europe, with over 1,000 kilometers already implemented.

A 2016 UN report recommended that countries should allocate 20% of their transport budgets to active travel.

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