Bicycles Outsell Cars. Again. For the Seventh Year.
I was convinced we'd covered this last year. But could only dust off these one or two related entries from the archive vaults. Anyhow, it seems that in Australia, at least, bicycles continue to outsell cars. For the past year sales increased nine percent to just shy of 1.3 million bikes, which is over 300,000 more units that the total of cars sold. As the Cycling Promotion Fund (CPF) see it, this sales edge "comfortably exceeds the total sales of vehicle market leader Toyota." They further suggest the growth is not just an increase in bikes for recreation, but also for daily travel. Alas no definitive stats are offered to corroborate this. Though they do say, "There is an emerging trend towards people using bikes as their official company-supplied vehicle in place of the traditional company car," citing 50 companies operating bike fleets. Globally it would appear the sales split is even greater. Figures provided by CPF indicate, that in 2000, 101 million bikes were manufactured to 41 million cars. But a dormant bike helps no planet. Don't let yours sit idle, go ride! ::Cycling Promotion Fund