In the first five months of this year, the Dutch bought 335,000 new bicycles, for a total value of 503 million euros, according to interest group BOVAG, based on research by GfK.
Peak sales of bicycles in May
This means that the average price per bicycle comes to about 1,500 euros. Especially in May, cycling enthusiasts flocked to their wallets, with 122,000 two-wheelers sold. It is striking that almost half of these were e-bikes: 58,000. The other 64,000 were bicycles without pedal assistance.
The sale of e-bikes has been on the rise for some time. 149,000 units were sold in the first five months of this year; 12 percent more than in the same period last year. 186,000 of 'normal' bicycles were sold in the first five months.
Corona and good weather ensure more bicycle sales
Relatively few two-wheelers were sold in the months of March and April, after which the sales figures skyrocketed in May, with a plus of 38 percent. The corona measures in combination with the good weather are the cause of the increased sales, according to BOVAG.
The interest group does point out that there may be problems with the delivery of new orders. This is because suppliers were temporarily closed as a result of corona measures. “It is therefore uncertain whether the positive developments will continue,” says BOVAG.