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14 April 2022
Analysis of bicycle traffic in Europe – Q1 2022
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Analysis of bicycle traffic in Europe – Q1 2022

Spring is here! And with it, more and more visible bicycle users (even if, let’s remember, there is no bad weather, only bad equipment!) And what about the trends in bicycle use over the winter months, i.e. the first quarter of 2022?

To find out, we’ve gone back to our analysis of bicycle ridership since the beginning of the health crisis, to give the trends for the last three years. The analysis is done by comparing the 2022 bicycle ridership with the 2019 baseline year (pre-epidemic), analyzing weekday and weekend bicycle ridership separately. The data are analyzed using a representative sample of bicycle counters located in Europe.

In order to obtain a more exhaustive vision, we have separated the analyses, observing on the one hand the urban sites and the daily cycling practice, and on the other hand the cycle tourism practice on different European EuroVelo cycle tourism routes.


Report on the first quarter of 2022 – daily cycling

Cycling on weekdays

While the year 2021 was rather stable compared to 2019 for weekdays, the first quarter of 2022 stands out clearly with an increase in cycling (compared to the first quarter of 2019) in 9 out of 12 countries studied. The countries with the largest increase in bicycle traffic are Poland, Italy and France.

Weekday bike counts by European country in Q1 2022 (vs. 2019)

Cycling on weekends

On the other hand, weekend cycling has increased significantly in 2020 and 2021 (most likely driven by leisure cycling as a decompression activity). This increase is clearly not about to slow down: weekend day cycling is still increasing in all countries surveyed, compared to 2019. Growth rates are particularly impressive in England with +64% increase between 2019 and 2022.

Weekend bike counts by European country in Q1 2022 (vs. 2019)


Global bicycle ridership

When analyzing the whole week for all countries, the overall picture of bicycle use remains very positive. In 9 countries surveyed for a total of 12, cycling in the first quarter of 2022 is up from 2022. And the increase is not small: from +34% in France to +12% in Sweden.

Fullweek bike counts by European country in Q1 2022 (vs. 2019)


The average increase in Europe is +16%.


Some perspective on growth rates: average counts per site per country (2021)

It is clear that a growth rate of 50% does not mean the same thing if the traffic is 100 passages or 1,000 passages. For this reason, we have calculated the average counts per counting site per country, to give some perspective. Here are the results as a reminder:



NB: the average traffic observed over the first quarter is not yet representative of the whole year. We can see that traffic in the first three months of the year represents between 8% of total traffic (for Sweden) and 18% (for Italy). The update of these data for the second half of the year will provide more information on bicycle use in 2022, compared to previous years.

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  • Hello — may I ask about methodology? How are bicycle ridership numbers determined by participating entities/countries? Thank you —

    • Hello Shelley!

      Thank you very much for your interest! We use a representative sample of automated bicycle counters in each country (with a minimum of 10 and a maximum of 40). We then carefully validate data, meaning automatically analyzing and correcting data to obtain accurate figures. We then perform the analysis using a base 100 calculation, value 100 being the average bicycle traffic of 2019, per country.

      I hope this answers your question, let me know if you have additional questions!

      Best regards,


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