NEWS: US Bike Sales Higher than Car Sales in 2009

NEWS: US Bike Sales Higher than Car Sales in 2009

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Trent Johnson
May 28, 2009

According to the Huffington Post, during the first quarter of 2009, more bicycles were sold in the US than cars and trucks. At first glance, this sounds like great news for bike enthusiasts and even better for the environment. And while it does turn out to be good for the environment, bikes aren't exactly flying off the shelves...

In fact, bike sales are actually down more than 30% from the first quarter in 2008. 2.6 million bicycles were purchased, compared to less than 2.5 million cars and trucks.

As can be expected, folks are holding onto older cars longer and spending less on new vehicles (both human powered and gas powered).

The Huffington Post goes on to encourage readers to use bikes for more than just short trips, and provides information on ways to turn cycling into a vacation. See our post on Green Escape: Bicycle Touring.

Photo via Daylife.

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