The publication presents significant facts and figures relating to trends in the ownership and use of bicycles and e-bikes, and provides an overview of the social effects of bicycle use. For example, it shows that bicycle use has increased by 12% over the past ten years and that a particular rise in both bicycle use and distances travelled can be observed among young adults and older people. Ownership and use of e-bikes is also on the rise; over recent years, e-bikes are used increasingly more by Dutch residents under the age of 65 for home-to-work travel.
Another outcome of the study is that bicycle use produces a wide range of social benefits. Cycling leads to:
- a longer and healthier life;
- reduced greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution; and
- improved accessibility.
However, the trend in the number of road deaths and serious injuries among cyclists remains an important point for attention.
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Source: TRIMS, European Commission