Bicycles produced this year:
Bicycles produced in the world - sources and methods
Two major sources for statistical data on bicycle production are Bicycle Retailer and Industry News and the Bicycle Market Research Institute. There are over a dozen additional sources (see references at the end of this page) that are analyzed by Worldometers' team to derive our final estimate.
Statistics on bike production are also found in papers that are presented at conferences such as VeloCity, ProBike and the Transportation Research Board (TRB).
Bicycle vs. car production
As recently as 1965, world production of cars and bikes was essentially the same, with each at nearly 20 million, but as of 2003 bike production had climbed to over 100 million per year compared with 42 million cars. Bicycle production was 105 million units globally in 2004, a 1.5% increase over 2003 (WorldWatch Institute).
Which country is the biggest producer of bicycles?
However, cycle use in China is decreasing sharply, down to 20% of all trips, compared to 33% in 1995. In Beijing, only 20% of commuters rode bikes in 2002, compared to 60% in 1998.
How many bicycles are there in the world?
It is estimated that more than a billion bicycles are present in the world, with nearly half of them in China. Below is a table with the major countries:
References and useful links: