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? China.
Although bicycles are produced in dozens of countries, the top five producers - China, India, the European Union, Taiwan, and Japan - are responsible for 87% of global production. China alone had some 58 percent of the global market in 2004. The following year, 2005, was a record year for the production of bicycles in China with a 16% increase in the production of bicycles and E-Bikes to a total of 80,430,000 units produced, of which about 65% were exported. The People’s Republic of China today produces over 60% of the world’s bicycles. 86% of the bicycles sold in the US are imports from China. 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:
Country Quantity Year
China 450,000,000 1992
USA 100,000,000 1995
Japan 72,540,000 1996
Germany 62,000,000 1996
India 30,800,000 1990
Italy 23,000,000 1995
UK 20,000,000 1995
France 20,000,000 1995
Brazil 40,000,000 1996
Netherl. 16,500,000 2000
Canada 10,150,000 1992
Spain 6,950,000 1995
Sweden 6,000,000 1995
South Kor.6,500,000 1985
Mexico 6,000,000 1986
The oldest bike manufacturer in the U.S., Worksman Cycles, also happens to be the home of two American food vending icons: the Good Humor ice cream tricycle and the New York City hot dog cart. What’s more, if you live in New York city, chances are that your last delivery pizza or egg roll traveled to your door in the front basket of a Worksman bike, and if, instead, you live in the Connecticut suburbs, you may well have enjoyed a cold Bud purchased from a Worksman-made drinks trolley during your evening Metro-North commute.