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The use of bikes in Spain grows



Red de Ciudades por la Bicicleta, a Spanish interurban network for bikes, has published a statistics called Barómetro de la Bicicleta de 2015, which demonstrates that the use of bikes in Spain has reached a pinnacle.

This study confirms that in the last four years since the last edition of this own study in 2011, the use of bikes has experienced an increase. According to this study, 50% of Spanish people use their bike sometimes, while 10% of Spanish people use it on a daily basis. 75% have a bike at home and almost 70% own one for personal use.

A ride to work

25% of users who have a job or study ride a bike to work or to school. 10% of them ride a bike every day. Both numbers have grown in comparison with the ones in 2011, as well as the number of people who ride a bike for other daily tasks, which now is almost a 60%. However, we can see a stagnation in the frequency of use with recreational purposes.

According to the report, the bike user profile remains as usual. Men, people younger than 40 or with a higher level of education are the ones who most use them, while women, older people and people with a lower level of education are not so interested.

With respect to the size of towns or cities, there are no significant differences in the number of users, but there are differences in the use of bikes: in the city (especially the big ones) bike is used to go to work or to school, while in town or villages (especially the small ones) it is most used with a recreational purpose or to do sport. Taking into account differences in regions or Comunidades Autónomas, there are as well no big differences, however, Euskadi is the region with more users and Canarias is the one with less.

The image of the bike

The image and perception that we have of a bike is still positive. 50% of Spaniards associates unconsciously the bike with mobility and the environment, while 40% associates it with health and sport. In that sense, the bike preserves its image of both a vehicle and a healthy leisure activity.