Bicycles are synonymous with the Netherlands like windmills and wooden clogs. But other than the latter reminders of a time long gone, bicycles as a mode of transportation are actually ubiquitous in the European country. Almost 60 percent of the Dutch respondents interviewed for the Statista Global Consumer Survey in 2021 said they used their own bicycle two or more times a week in order to get to their destination.
The Netherlands is an ideal country for biking, not only because of the mild climate and flat landscape, but also because it provides an optimal infrastructure of cycle paths in towns and cities as well as throughout the countryside.
Among the countries selected for the graph, Germany and India also stand out in terms of the love of cycling for transportation, with 36 percent in each country traveling on their bicycle regularly. South Africa and the United States, on the other hand, are among the countries most averse to this practice, but are also two countries which provide very little infrastructure for cyclists. Only 14 percent and 13 percent of those interviewed in South Africa and the U.S., respectively, used their bike for transport regularly.
This chart shows the share of respondents in selected countries who used their own bike for transportation twice a week or more (2021).
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