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January 21, 2006

More bikes than cars sold in Australia

Must be something in the water down under. ;-D

AUSTRALIANS are turning in greater numbers than ever to pedal power, with bicycles outselling cars for the sixth consecutive year, according to the Cycling Promotion Fund.

The CPF's Rosemarie Speidel said sales of 1,120,337 bicycles in Australia last year were 13 per cent ahead of motor vehicle sales, which came in at 988,269.

Ms Speidel said feedback from the bicycle industry indicated that the strong sales covered everyday recreational bikes through to high-end road and competition cycles.

Apart from the cost difference and recent petrol price hikes, there were other lifestyle reasons for people choosing to buy a bike.

"We're seeing more and more people riding bikes for recreation and sport, as well as everyday transport," Ms Speidel said.

"There has also been huge growth in cycling events and bicycle tourism."

Aside from the fact that cars cost more than bikes, therefore the car dealers make more money, or somethig to that effect, this is good news. ;-D

Herald Sun ( 1/5/06 ): Australians getting on their Bikes.

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This would be great news if you could actually see all those bikes out and about in Australia.
In the last 5 years about 6.2 million bikes have been imported into Australia (and the assumption is they have been sold). The population of Australia is around 20 million. This implies that approximately one third of the population owns a bike. On my daily bike rides in Sydney, I see at most, about 40 bikes, compared to thousands of cars! I have a terrible feeling that a large proportion of those 6.2 million bikes are the result of parents buying bikes as presents for their children, and then either the child doesn't want to ride it, or just as likely, the parents decide it is too dangerous for the child to ride it.
The biggest shame of all is that many schools in Sydney actively discourage students from riding their bikes to school, mostly due to liability issues.

Posted by: pedaller | Jan 25, 2006 7:07:28 PM

>This would be great news if you could actually >see all those bikes out and about in Australia.

Hee, hee. ;-D

Hi there, and thanks for stopping by!

It does seem that with all the bike sales, even in the USA, that there should be more riders out recreating, or commuting, every day than actually do so doesn't it? ;-D

Posted by: Kiril Kundurazieff | Jan 26, 2006 2:02:32 AM

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