Fewer bicycles sold in germany in the first half of 2017. Compared with the same period last year, sales fell by 2.2 percent to 2.64 million bicycles, according to the german bicycle industry association (ZIV).
"We are watching this with a certain amount of concern," said managing director siegfried neuberger before the eurobike bicycle trade show in friedrichshafen on lake constance. At 1.44 million wheels, production was also 2.7 percent below the previous year’s level.
One of the reasons for the decline was the already high stock of bicycles in germany. So 80 percent of households owned at least one bicycle. In addition, the bicycles have been manufactured to a higher quality and are therefore more durable.
The e-bike market, on the other hand, continues to grow: the industry expects to sell 680,000 bikes in 2017. That would be an increase of 12 percent compared to 2016. For this reason in particular, the ZIV also anticipates a slight increase in sales for 2017.
The bicycle industry remains optimistic: "the trend towards bicycles is unbroken," said neuberger. This is particularly evident in cities that are chronically overburdened by car traffic, where the bicycle is now the ideal means of transport.
At the eurobike trade show, some 1400 exhibitors showcase the industry’s latest innovations and trends. Start of the show is on wednesday (30. August), the eurobike will run for a total of four days.