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Survey: The use of the “Utility” bike is gaining ground

(07/02/2013)

The results of the survey – “The bike and the French in 2012”, conducted for the Club des Villes et Territoires Cyclables (by TNS Sofres and MTI Conseil), predicate a bright future for the bike. Although the “leisure” bike is already well established, the use of the “utility” bike is flourishing and is now becoming a genuine means of transport, encouraged by cycling policies and the setting up of public bike rental systems.

14% of those surveyed* said they used a bike to get to their place of work, to school or to university, or to do their shopping.

In built-up areas, the number of cyclists who use a bike to travel from home to work is even greater. 10.6% go to work by bike every (or almost every) day, compared with 6% in other towns and 1.4% in rural areas.

The bike is considered a genuine alternative to other means of transport. Almost one third of those aged 15 and over think they will be using the bike for their routine travels over the next two years and one in two cycle for sport or exercise anyway.

The bike, public transport or the motorcycle?

Of the 28.5 million in work in France, 5.3% (i.e. 1. 5 million all up) travel to work by bike at least some days each week, compared with 14.4% who use public transport.

In the Ile-de-France region [Paris and its environs], the pushbike is still used for getting around more than the motorbike. Between 2001 and 2010, the use of the bike doubled, pushbikes having overtaken motorcycles with 650,000 journeys a day by pushbike compared with 600,000 on motorcycles (EGT/STIF survey 2010).

Of those polled, 5.3% use pushbikes for going from home to work a few days a week and 3.4% use motorbikes.

 

Make access to the bike easy

According to the Club des Villes et Territoires Cyclables “ownership of a bike or access to a rental bike (French abbreviation - VLS) increases use and makes it more common.”

According to the survey “The bike and the French in 2012”, 70% of those questioned who own a bike have used it in the last 12 months and 17% used it on at least a few days a week. However, those who use a bike from home number only 56% and only 7.5% are regular bike users.

In Paris, access to a bike is simplified with the availability of Vélib’s rental bikes. Furthermore, 27% of bike journeys are made with rental bikes (2010 EGT/STIF survey).

*The results are based on those who have learned to ride a bike, i.e. 98% of the population. The survey took place in October-November 2012, with 3,945 persons aged 15 and over.