Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Bike boom in... the Netherlands?

The Netherlands is known as the land with more bikes than people. Because so many people use bikes to get around, air pollution is not a problem in this densely populated country. The average Dutch person cycles 3 kilometers per day on the 19,000 miles of paths and lanes provided exclusively for bicycle use. Up to 50% of the population uses a bike regularly for travel.

The Dutch bike industry reports that they are experiencing a bike boom with increased sales over previous years. According to Statistics Netherlands, 15% more bikes and mopeds were sold in 2006 over 2005, with an expectation of even greater growth in 2007, with domestic bike production and imports of bikes up significantly.

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