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How Many Bicycles Are There in the World?

Bicycles are one of the world’s most reliable means of transportation. What’s the current number of bikes in the world? What status do we have in daily bike production? Who do you think are the top bike sellers in the industry? 

If you want to know how many bikes there are on the planet, you’ve come to the right place! We searched around to find some answers and came up with these facts about bikes.

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Are there more bikes than cars?

  • It’s a long-standing myth that there are more cars than bicycles worldwide. It looks like there are more than a billion cyclists on earth, which means there are more bikes than cars!
  • The bike industry produces around 362,000 bicycles every day. Around 15,000 bikes are manufactured per hour. Someone buys a bike at least every two seconds.
  • In the U.S., there are 10 million more cars than bikes.
  • Londoners currently own over half a million bikes, and around 4.5 million bikes are locked in their homes. 

China has the most bikes (and cars)

  • You’re not alone if you’re surprised to hear that China has more bikes than anywhere else. America gets the 2nd spot for the total number of bikes and cars. 
  • The National Bureau of Statistics found around 200 million bikes in China. China also had around 30 million cars on its roads—one for every ten people.
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Japan has the most number of bikes per head among all countries

  • Japan and bikes are inseparable. Japan has a strong cycling background. Japan also has a greater level of cycling time compared to other nations. Until today, Japan has gotten the top spot for getting the most bikes per head of any country worldwide. Japan has almost 2.5 million bicycles for its 127 million residents.
  • According to an article by the BBC news: “Cycling has been part of Japanese life for centuries.” They also claim that the country has an impressive 588 bicycles per 1,000 people”. This is comparably higher than in most other nations. Take, for example, Italy; there are only about 320 bikes for every thousand people and 200 per thousand in Italy. 
  • Copenhagen told the public in 2016 that there were more bikes than cars on their streets for the first time in history.
  • Copenhagen has also been making a significant effort to make itself bicycle-friendly. They have proven that they are indeed bicycling friendly, getting much success on this project.
  • Also, 20 million bikes were sold in the European Union in 2016.

Electric bicycles are rising in popularity!

  • There are various bike categories in the world. We have touring, mountain, racing, road, hybrid, and other bikes. These categories do not include Electric bicycles. Electric bikes are getting more and more popular. They have become more affordable and reliable. It has become a game changer in the bike industry. 

General Information About Bikes

  • Kids using bikes to go to school significantly dropped from 82% to 14% in the last couple of years, a worrying trend.
  • Cycling made up almost 1% of the road traffic statistics in the year 2018. On the other hand, cars and taxis contributed almost 77% of the traffic. 
  • As of 2007, the world produced more than 130 million bikes.
  • About 42% of households worldwide have at least one bicycle (580 million or more).
  • Strava 2020 Sports Data reports that cyclists have around 8.1 billion miles with a total of 400 billion feet of elevation gain worldwide. 

Denmark has the highest number of cycling enthusiasts in the world. 

Everybody knows that Danes love cycling, and here are reliable stats to prove it:

  • Denmark is the most bike-friendly country on the planet. 90% of Danes own a bike, compared to 40% who own cars.
  • Considering total distance, cyclists from Copenhagen bike around the world 35x daily. They cycle around 1.9 miles daily, and almost half of the Danish children commute to school using bikes. 
  • According to the latest statistics, 25% of the trips less than 5 km in distance are made by bicycle.
  • It’s common for Scandinavian politicians to bike to work. Danish Prime Minister Rasmussen doesn’t use an expensive limousine. Instead, he uses the bike every morning to go to work.
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Cycling From A Financial Point of View

  • Eurostat reports that 15% of all bicycles in 2016 were imported from Portugal. That makes Portugal the E.U.’s leading bicycle exporter. The second is Italy at 14% with Netherlands coming at third at 13%. The estimated total number of exported bikes is 11 million per year.
  • In contrast, the U.K. is one of the biggest importers of bikes at 18% of all imports.
  • Nearly 92% of exported bikes were imported by E.U. countries. Switzerland, USA, and Russia imports the remaining 8%. 

How Cycling Instead of Driving Affects Your Finances.

  • A new report from AAA indicates that it costs about $6,777 to drive a small sedan for one year. That’s $6,777 for maintenance, gas, and parts if you drive around 15,000 miles per year.
  • You can save as much as $1,200 per year on gym memberships by bike riding. Gym memberships in the USA cost between $30 and $100, on average.
  • Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 requires employers to pay $20 per month (tax-free!) to employees who commute to work by bicycle. 
  • A Dutch study revealed that people who cycle to work take less sick leave one day than those who don’t.
  • INRIX revealed that the annual parking costs in the U.S. are around $3,000. If you’re cycling, you won’t have to worry about that figure.

The Bikeconomy

  • In 2015, the Bikeconomy in the United States was valued at 6.2 billion dollars. That’s equal to the budgets of Cambodia and Andorra for one year.
  • In the U.S., most bicycles are imported from China and Taiwan. That makes for 93.5% of all bikes sold in the country! In 2016, 66% of bicycles sold in the country were imported from China, while 27.5% came from Taiwan.
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Bike by Gender

  • Women cyclists have been on the decline since 2000. From 2000 to 2010, female cyclists dropped by 13%.
  • In the U.S, men take 76% of all bicycle trips, while women account for 24%.
  • The Twin Cities has a high percentage of female cyclists – 37 – 45%.

Bike Accident Statistics

  • Eight hundred sixty-eight bicyclists died in the United States in 2018. This number was the highest since 1990. (NHTSA)
  • 80% of the 868 bicyclists died in an urban area, and 20% died in rural areas.
  • The number of deaths under 20 has dropped every year since 1975. But the trend for people above 20 years of age is the opposite. 
  • Sixty-two percent of bikers killed in 2019 were not wearing helmets. While 23% were unknown if they were wearing a helmet.


So, how many bikes do you think are there worldwide? It’s a tricky question to answer. A bike isn’t necessarily registered, so nobody knows how many there are. What we do know, though, is that wherever you go in this world, bikes can be our best buddy. So go out there and ride!

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