Cars v bikes
Sales of bicycles pushed back past vehicle sales again in 2017, following a rare dip in 2016.
Since 1999, with the exception of two years ago, bikes have outsold cars according to figures supplied by Bicycle Industries Australia (BIA), the peak body for the bike industry.
The figures are compiled through customs imports, so don’t include the tiny proportion of bikes produced locally. But they are a strong indicator of overall sales for an industry that has seen demand in excess of one million since 2002.
BIA general manager Peter Bourke blames the recent soft demand partly on government policies surrounding bikes, including the years of wrangling involved in getting federal and state governments to agree on a policy for electric bikes, or e-bikes.
“As soon as we see a positive policy from government, bike riding and bike ownership does increase,” Peter says.
As for e-bike sales, BIA estimates just 2 per cent of the 1,227,197 bikes imported last year included an electric drive system.