E-Bike Sales in Germany Keeps Accelerating

Germany it rather good at gathering data on bike sales. Australia is pretty slack in comparison. The data is collected by the German industry association ‘Zweirad-Industriep-Verband’ (ZIV).

“What started with a sales growth of 11.5 percent in 2015 has been accelerating since. Of course this is about e-bikes which are so rapidly gaining in popularity in Germany that in 2019 sales growth in units stood at a huge 39 percent. In absolute numbers 1.36 million e-bikes were sold on Europe’s biggest bike market.”

E-Bike Sales in Germany Keeps Accelerating with 1.4 Million Sold in 2019, Jack Oortwijn, Bike EU, 12 Mar 2020
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Cycling: safety in numbers

Cycling is a cultural phenomenon as much as anything. On a bike, we have a much closer connection to our environment and Mother Nature. Safety is a concern for many. For those in low cycling countries, it is justified. But there is safety in numbers. The more people experience the joy of cycling, the safer it gets.

Valencia, Spain; 6th May 2020: People walking and playing sports.
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Remember: most cyclists are drivers, too, and can be positive role models on our roads. Slow down for cyclists and give them the space they need to be safe. Be the change you want to see in the world! Gandhi

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A tale of two cities: a picture is worth a 1000 words 

I’ve lived in Germany, Canada, the UK, and Australia. Among other great cities, I’ve been to Berlin, Kuala Lumpur, Paris, London, New York, Venice, Florence, Ottawa and Vancouver – but there is only one city in the world I would move back to in a flash: Freiburg im Breisgau. 

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A normal weekend in a cycling culture

Last Friday I reached out to friends and family and asked them to send me some photos of them or others out and about riding their bikes. 

The weather was not bike friendly at all in South Germany, so no luck there. The rest of Germany did what you often do in a well established cycling culture: they grabbed their bikes and hit the road sometime during the weekend.

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