Almost half of new bicycles sold are electric

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.


Electric bicycle now most sold in bicycle shop

For the first time ever, more new electric bicycles have been bought than normal city bicycles. Sales of e-bikes increased by more than 40 percent in 2018. The relatively expensive electric bicycles drive the turnover of the bicycle sector. Last year, a record turnover of 1.22 billion was achieved, the Bovag and RAI Association report.

Bicycle sales are increasing due to favorable conditions

Bicycle sales benefited last year from the booming economy and the long hot summer. It is the first time in four years that the number of bicycles sold has again exceeded a million. The average selling price of a new bicycle in 2017 was 734 euros, thanks to the more expensive electric bicycle, it rose to 1,207 euros.

The popularity of the e-bike comes at the expense of the city bike, the city bike. It is no longer the most sold bicycle type. The share of city bikes sold fell from 42 to 34 percent. 40 percent of all new bicycles now have an electric motor.

More bicycles than residents

The Netherlands is a cycling country, the only country in the world with more bicycles than inhabitants. There are an estimated 23.8 million bicycles, which equates to an average of 1.3 bicycles per inhabitant. There are now 2.3 million electric bicycles on the road. Every year we travel about 15.5 billion kilometers.