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  1. Belgian bicycle logistics figures provide insight into growth potential

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    Source: fietsberaad Crow

    About 33 percent of the pre- and post-transport during the delivery of packages in Belgian cities could be done by bicycle, according to the Belgian Cycle Logistics Federation in its first Barometer of the bicycle logistics sector. Currently it is estimated that it is only one percent.

    The bicycle logistics sector in Belgium is growing rapidly, in the past two years the number of delivered packages grew from 250 thousand to 850 thousand and turnover and the number of people working in the sector doubled. They cycled more than a million kilometers in 2022 and a package delivered by them had a factor of 40 less CO2 emissions than with a conventional van.

    But things can still be much better, according to the Belgian Cycle Logistics Federation, an association of Belgian bicycle logistics companies with the aim of achieving the full potential of bicycle logistics to combat climate change, offer fair and good jobs in the transport sector, and participate in creating liveable and sustainable cities.

    In addition to data about the sector, the Barometer also contains a questionnaire survey among 55 bicycle couriers about the content of their work, how they experience it and what kind of contract they have. The challenges of the sector have also been identified. The most important one is that bicycle logistics is not yet sufficiently known among relevant stakeholders, which means that it is overlooked as a solution. Secondly, the sector still faces an economic challenge because it is relatively new. And thirdly, it is important that good quality infrastructure is created so that bicycle couriers can do their work safely. Finally, the barometer contains an overview of lessons from practice and a plan to further develop bicycle logistics in small steps to a market share of 33 percent.

    The Belgian Cycle Logistics Federation wants to publish this barometer annually from now on to map the progress of the sector.

  2. Dutch mobility figures for two-wheelers 2023 – 2024 now available

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    Source: rai

    Sales numbers of e-bikes in the Netherlands continued to rise in 2022, maintaining the country’s status as a leading adopter of electric bikes in Europe.

    Electric mopeds also appear to be very popular and more and more young people are getting their motorcycle license. This and more is evident from the latest edition of Mobility in Figures Tweewielers 2023-2024, in which BOVAG and RAI Association annually accurately map the Dutch market for motorcycles, bicycles, mopeds and scooters.


    The average amount spent on a new bicycle in the Netherlands was 1,772 euros, 9% higher than in 2021. The rise of e-cargo bikes, speed pedelecs and more expensive e-bikes contributes significantly to this. With 486,000 electric bicycles sold, the Netherlands is still among the leading European teams, together with Germany and France.

    The average number of kilometers cycled per Dutch person has increased by 13% at 1,108 kilometers per year, compared to the 979 kilometers cycled per year in 2021. Dutch people were also able to find bicycle shops more often.

    Moped and scooter

    The electrification of the moped will continue strongly in 2022. 14,910 of the electric variant were sold, 85% more than in 2021. With 18,502 mopeds sold, the petrol variant was sold 15% more often than in 2021. The increase in the number of mopeds sold was at the expense of the moped, of which 2022 29,304 were sold, 41.6% less than in 2021.


    The motorcycle is becoming increasingly popular. This also applies at a younger age: the number of young people in the 18-25 age category who bought a new motorcycle increased by 9% in 2022. 33,676 motorcycle licenses were obtained in 2022, 4.4% more than in 2021. The number of young people (18-25) who have a motorcycle license even increased by 9.0%.

  3. Research analyses over 95 thousand bicycle and pedelec crashes over 9 years

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    Data gathered from police crash reports in Germany reveals minor differences in the makeup of pedelec and bicycle crashes, leading researchers to support generalised road safety improvements over targeting pedelecs.

    Research by Katja Schleinitz and Tibor Petzoldt and published in Journal of Safety Research has shed light on the development of pedelec (electric pedal-assist bicycles) and bicycle crashes from 2013 to 2021. The research, which analyzed data from three federal states, aimed to identify trends and clarify whether these trends were specific to pedelecs.

    The continuous growth in e-bike usage in Germany, with pedelecs supporting pedaling up to 25 km/h, raised questions about the use of historical crash data for road safety measures. The study, which analyzed 95,338 police-reported pedelec and bicycle injury crashes, revealed several important findings.

    While there were some differences between pedelecs and conventional bicycles, many variables showed a high degree of temporal stability. Notably, the mean age of pedelec riders involved in crashes was significantly older than that of conventional cyclists. However, the study also found that the mean age of pedelec riders had decreased over time, becoming eight years younger.

    Single vehicle crashes were consistently more common for pedelec riders than for cyclists, and pedelec rider crashes were associated with higher injury severity throughout the study period, likely due to pedelec riders being older on average. Pedelecs were also more likely than bicycles to experience a crash outside of urban areas, and on weekends. The data also showed similarities in the types of crashes involving both pedelecs and bicycles, with cars being the most frequent collision partners when multiple parties were involved.

    The study revealed a significant increase in the number of pedelec riders involved in crashes over the years, highlighting the growing popularity of pedelecs in Germany. This surge in pedelec ownership and usage challenges the long-term validity of findings regarding pedelec crashes.

    The researchers concluded that, while there are minor differences between pedelec and bicycle crashes, there is no immediate need for road safety measures specifically targeting pedelecs. Instead, the study emphasized the demand for innovative solutions to improve cycling safety in general.

    This comprehensive analysis provides valuable insights into the trends and characteristics of pedelec and bicycle crashes in Germany over a nine-year period. It highlights the need for continued attention to road safety, especially as the popularity of e-bikes, including pedelecs, continues to grow across Europe.

  4. Road safety progress still too slow with over 20,000 road crash fatalities last year

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    Source: Directorate-General for Mobility and Transport

    In the past year, a total of 20,640 lives were lost in road accidents across the European Union, marking a 4% increase compared to the preceding year, as traffic volumes rebounded following the pandemic.

    While it is important to acknowledge that the long-term trajectory reveals a slight decline of -9% when compared to the pre-pandemic year, this reduction is not occurring at a pace sufficient to attain the European Union’s goal of halving the number of road fatalities by the year 2030. Moreover, the progress achieved remains conspicuously disparate among Member States. Notably, Lithuania and Poland reported the most significant reductions, exceeding 30% between 2019 and 2022. Nonetheless, the fatality rate in Poland continues to surpass the European Union average. Conversely, in the last three years, the count of road fatalities in Ireland, Spain, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Slovakia, and Sweden has either remained stagnant or exhibited an upward trend.

    The overall ranking of countries based on their fatality rates has exhibited minimal change since the pre-pandemic era, with the safest roads persisting in Sweden (with 22 fatalities per one million inhabitants) and Denmark (26 per million), while Romania (86 per million) and Bulgaria (78 per million) reported the highest fatality rates in 2022. The European Union’s average fatality rate in 2022 stood at 46 road deaths per one million inhabitants.

    The data released by the European Commission provides a comprehensive overview of road fatalities for the year 2022, building upon the preliminary information disclosed in February 2023.

    Estimates for the Year 2023:

    Preliminary statistics for the initial six months of 2023 suggest a slight reduction in road fatalities across the European Union, in contrast to the same period in 2022. Several Member States, including Belgium, France, Slovakia, and Finland, have reported significant declines. Conversely, certain countries, such as Latvia, Lithuania, Portugal, and Sweden, have witnessed substantial increases thus far. Given the inherent monthly fluctuations, making a precise projection for the entire year remains challenging.

  5. NABSA publishes annual Shared Micromobility State of the Industry report for North America

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    The report shows e-bike and e-scooter numbers and rides continue to rise, with annual total trips having now returned to pre-pandemic levels.

    Source: NABSA

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    NABSA is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing resources, education, and advocacy for the shared micromobility industry, and to creating spaces for the industry’s public, private, and nonprofit sectors to convene and empower each other.

    NABSA unveiled its fourth annual Shared Micromobility State of the Industry Report for North America on August 10th. The 2022 edition of the report reveals that shared micromobility ridership in North America rebounded to levels seen before the pandemic and expanded to encompass more cities than ever before. In 2022, a staggering 157 million shared micromobility trips were recorded across 401 cities in North America. Furthermore, the systems expanded significantly, boasting the highest count of shared micromobility vehicles deployed to date, totaling 289,000.

    This year marked a period of resilience and growth for the industry. In 2022, trip numbers returned to pre-pandemic norms, and the proliferation of shared micromobility in various cities accelerated. The landscape of shared micromobility vehicles underwent continuous evolution, with e-devices such as e-scooters and e-bikes gaining momentum and increasing in popularity.

    Docked bikes just take the majority in trip numbers, at 50% of 157 million trips (46% to e-scooters), with electric bicycles accounting for 30.9 million of all trips within the bicycles category (docked and dockless). Therefore for electrically assisted trips, e-scooters dominate at 72.2 million journeys in 2022. In terms of units available for use across the country, scooters take a clear lead at 172,000 (60%) with electric bikes making up the smaller portion of the bicycle category, at 41,000 units.

    Download the report in full here

  6. OVG6 reports upward trend in e-bike ownership and journeys in Belgium

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    Source: network duurzame mobiliteit

    Since 1994, the Flemish Government has been conducting research into the travel behaviour of Flemish people. This research is called the Research on Travel Behaviour, or OVG. In this study, a number of mobility characteristics of families and persons are studied, such as: characteristics of the person who moves, when, why, from where, to where, with what, for how long and how far someone moves. In the meantime, we are in the 6th edition.

    Results were shared in an article entitled ‘How do we move post-corona?‘, with detailed information broken down by sector. The data indicated positive trends for LEVs both in levels of e-bike ownership and in their modal share of journeys.

    Vehicle and driving licence ownership: more than 1 in 3 families own an e-bike

    Source: Institute for Mobility, June 2023

    77% of Flemish families have at least one bicycle, a number that is in line with previous studies. The number of Flemish families who own an electric bicycle is rising sharply. 35% of Flemish families also have an electric bicycle. For comparison: pre-corona (2019) this was only 20%.

    A Flemish family has an average of 2.13 bicycles (of which 1.61 regular bicycles and 0.49 electric bicycles). That figure remains stable over the years. 77.3% of families have at least one bicycle (including electric bicycles).

    The number of families with an electric bicycle continues to increase sharply: in OVG 5.2 this was still 10.89%, in OVG 5.3 16.93%, in OVG 5.4 17.78% and in OVG 5.5 more than 1 in 5 families (20.13%) has at least 1 electric bicycle. In OVG6, e-bike ownership is making another big leap: 35% of families will have an electric bicycle by 2022. Booming business.

    Much more often by electric bicycle (modal split)

    Source: Institute for Mobility, June 2023

    Flemish people cycle and walk more and more: 18.1% of journeys are made by bicycle and 17.3% on foot. The electric bicycle is on the rise: 5.3% of trips are with the electric bicycle and 0.3% with the speed pedelec.

    Based on OVG6, the Flemish government’s goal of making at least 40% of all journeys in a sustainable way has already been achieved.

  7. The Netherlands has nearly 5 million e-bikes

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    The Netherlands currently has 4.9 million e-bikes. Together, these e-bikes have a market value of €9.5 billion. The electric city bike has the largest share in this.

    Source: Fietsberaad

    This is apparent from the E-bike Monitor, a study by Multiscope among more than 3,200 Dutch people. (Multiscope reports some summary results from that research, for the other figures one has to purchase the report.)

    One in three Dutch people owns one or more e-bikes. This amounts to 4.6 million Dutch people who together own more than 4.9 million e-bikes.

    According to Multiscope, there is a clear profile for the electric cyclist: owners are often older than fifty and have an average, to twice-the-average, income.

    The total e-bike market was worth €9.5 billion in 2021. (Not attributable to a specific period, but based on the total number of e-bikes in the Netherlands.) A year earlier, this value was €8.4 billion. The market value has therefore increased by €1.1 billion.

    Electric city bike achieves the largest share of turnover (75%). Hybrid bicycles also have a large share at 17%. Speed ​​pedelecs (2%), cargo bikes (2%), mountain bikes (2%), folding bikes (1%) and tricycles (1%).

    In addition, more and more e-bikes are being leased. In most cases, the e-bike is privately owned (96%). The remaining 4% is leased through the employer, your own company or through private lease. In total this amounts to about 200,000 e-bikes. In 2020, 2% of e-bikes were leased. So there is an increase of 2 percentage points.

  8. Ebike sales outstrip Electric and Plug-in Hybrid cars in the USA

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    Source: Electrek

    It is well established that the coronavirus pandemic has spurred increased ebike sales around the world. People are looking not only for more socially distanced ways to get around, but are also seeking healthier transport alternatives. With rising concern for our environment, ebikes are more appealing than ever.

    The numbers released by the Light Electric Vehicle Association in the USA, vividly reflect the rising interest in electric bikes. Despite supply chain and logistic challenges, the USA recorded 790,000 electric bike imports in 2021, a substantial 70% increase on the 463,000 imports in 2020.

    By comparison, sales of electric cars and plug-in hybrids came to 652,000 units in 2021, according to BloombergNEF.

    While it is an extremely promising trend, it is worth noting that ebike adoption figures in Europe have outpaced cars for a few years now, and indeed are on track to overtake sales of all cars. Estimated sales for ebikes in Europe are around 3 million units, while in Asia it is more like 35 million.

    There are many benefits that come from increasing ebike use, be it individual fitness, mental health, fuel cost savings, reduced carbon footprint, less air and noise pollution and so on. But the same can be said for non-electric bicycle use. Yet sales of traditional bikes have not seen anything like the same kind of growth. It is reasoned that this is down to the increased comfort gained from electric assist, meaning that you can still enjoy the positive impact on your wellbeing, without arriving sweaty or worn out. Ebikes are taking off for leisure purposes too, allowing people to go further and faster in the pursuit of fun.

  9. Report by UK Government reveals e-bike statistics

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    Numbers suggest lower uptake, high awareness

    Source: Cycling Industry News

    While 92% of British people are yet to try an electric bike, 75% have some knowledge of what the system can offer. Generally, those living in rural areas or within higher-income households had a higher level of uptake and knowledge surrounding e-bikes. In contrast, those in urban areas, lower-income households, or ethnic minority groups reported a lower figure in both of these measures.

    In particular, respondents recognized the potential of e-Bikes to aid those with mobility issues, as well as their green footprint in comparison to driving.

    The UK to follow in Europe’s footsteps?

    The low level of e-Bike usage within the UK should however not be seen as disheartening; it is typical for the country to trail behind European trends. The slow uptake may also be attributed to the perceived high price of e-Bikes, with 59% of respondents believing the technology to be too expensive. A direct subsidy on e-Bikes, as called for by 32% of bike shops, may offer a solution to this issue.

    The second highest concern is related to the risk of theft; an issue unrelated to e-Bikes themselves but rather the lack of parking infrastructure seen within the UK. Those in younger age categories are particularly worried that permanent storage may be an issue.

    Overall public perception of e-Bikes is positive, with a lower proportion of people (56%) identifying drawbacks than those who could name perks (80%).

    Further findings can be found in the downloadable report, here.

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