Dutch people bought 335,000 new bicycles in the first five months of this year, for a total value of 503 million euros, according to interest association BOVAG based on research by GfK.
Peak bicycle sales in May
This means that the average price per bicycle comes out to about 1,500 euros. Especially in the month of May, bicycle lovers pulled out their wallets en masse, with 122,000 two-wheelers sold. Interestingly, almost half of these were e-bikes: 58,000. The remaining 64,000 were bikes without pedal assistance.
E-bike sales have been on the rise for some time. In the first five months of this year, 149,000 of them were sold; 12 percent more than in the same period last year. Of "normal" bikes, 186,000 were sold in the first five months.
Corona and nice weather increase bike sales
Relatively few two-wheelers were sold in the months of March and April, then sales numbers skyrocketed in the month of May, with a plus of 38 percent. The corona measures combined with the nice weather are the reason for the increased sales, according to BOVAG.
The advocacy organization does point out that there may be problems in delivering new orders. This is because suppliers were temporarily closed due to corona measures. "It is therefore uncertain whether the positive developments will continue," BOVAG said.