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Popularity of cycling increased

Cycling Monitor Germany 2017

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© Doris Reichel

The cycling monitor 2017 again surveys the subjective atmospheric picture of cyclists in Germany. The Cycling Monitor is a biennial survey based on interviews of 3000 Germans aged between 14 and 69 years, conducted by the SINUS Markt- und Sozialforschung GmbH on behalf of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure. It is sponsored by funds of the National Cycling Plan 2020. This third survey – after 2013 and 2015 – had been extended concerning content, territorial scope and amount of respondents.

This year’s focus were questions about innovations, i.e. bike schemes, cargo bikes and electric bikes. Also the differences between rural an urban areas had been reviewed more specifically. Questions concerning reasons for cycling, bicycle-friendliness, experiences in road safety and facts on Germany’ bicycle market completed the survey.

Selected results:

  • 77 percent of the respondents said, they already had used a bike in daily life or leisure time
  • 13 percent use a bike as an everyday mode of transport, 21 percent use it several times a week
  • 63 percent use a bike with pleasure in everyday journeys as well as during leisure time
  • A bike is used preferably for quick errands or for shopping (75 percent)
  • 32 percent use a bike for commuting to work or education, resp. 15 percent of trainees
  • More than a third of commuters combine cycling with the use of public transport (27 percent of commuters and 36 percent of trainees)
  • 54 percent of all cyclists feel themselves safe on their bike, but elderly people feel more insecurity than younger persons and people cycling in urban areas think more often that cycling is safety than cyclists in cities
  • 5 percent use electric bikes (16 percent already had tried one)
  • 42 percent are interested in electric bikes (more men than women and persons over 40 years more often than younger people)
  • Cargo bikes are used by 1 percent, 7 percent can imagine to buy one (i.e. for the transport of children)
  • 62 percent already have heard about bike share systems, most of them (79 percent) consider this concept as positive
  • From the point of view of the respondents reasons for using a bike are among other things the environment (56 percent), health (51 percent), costs (47 percent), flexibility (36 percent), fun (34 percent), parking (28 percent), time (20 percent)
  • 34 percent of the respondents like to use the bike more frequent in everyday journeys, in the age group 20-29 years it were even 51 percent
  • Against the using of bikes the following reasons were given: to long distances (57 percent), it takes too long (46 percent), wind and weather (36 percent), to exhausting (27 percent), no cycling facilities (20 percent), to dangerous (19 percent), lack of secure parking facilities (14 percent)
  • 81 percent use conventional bikes (67 percent) resp. trekking bikes (14 percent)
  • Persons planning to buy a new bike want to invest 681 Euro on average

Download “Fahrrad-Monitor Deutschland 2017 (in German):