Indeed, earlier this month, NPR’s Lauren Frayer reported that Spain, which has long had a love affair with cars, is embracing the bicycle: For the first time on record, Lauren noted, bicycles outsold cars in the country.
But it’s becoming a Continent-wide phenomenon. More bikes were sold inItaly than cars — for the first time since World War II.
This prompted us to look at the figures across the 27 member states of the European Union for both cars andbicycles. New-car registrations for Cyprus and Malta weren’t available, so we took them out of the comparison.
Here’s what we found: Bicycle sales outpaced new-car sales last year in every one of those countries, except Belgium and Luxembourg. The top five countries by bicycle sales can be seen in the top chart.