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Cycling industry

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Published: 04 Dec 2018 Updated: 12 Jul 2022 Update History

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Trends and forecasts

Useful links

Growth opportunities in the global bicycle industry
Report published by market research and management consulting firm Lucintel in July 2016 on the global bicycle industry. Covers trends, opportunities and forecasts to 2021 by bicycle type and region. A report summary and contents listing can be viewed on the web site.

Market research

Market research reports focusing on this business sector are available from a number of market research specialists. In most cases these reports are available to fee-paying subscribers or on a pay-as-you-go basis.

Some free information is available from the following market research specialists, ranging from industry news to executive summaries of the reports.

A full listing of reference products and research reports on motorcycles, bicycles and other transport equipment from Euromonitor, with a range of global, country and company level reports. Each report provides a contents listing and a useful executive summary reporting on the key trends in each country report.

National Bicycle Dealers Association
The trade body publishes reports on the US bicycle market with information on imports, exports, retailers, brands and trends. A table of contents and industry overview is available to view free of charge.

Industry news

The Library can carry out industry news searches for ICAEW members and ACA students.

Statistics on the UK

British Cycling

British Cycling, Sky and London School of Economics (LSE) conducted a study published in 2011 analysing cycling's contribution to the UK economy. The British cycling economy: ‘Gross Cycling Product’ report is available to download from LSE and includes data on:

  • infrastructure
  • employment in different industry sectors
  • the impact of cycling events
  • different cycling segments
  • investment.

Department for Transport

The Department for Transport publishes a collection of walking and cycling statistics as well as Transport Statistics Great Britain, an annual compendium of data. Figures include:

  • proportion of residents who cycle
  • how often people cycle
  • cycle ride lengths
  • cycle ride purposes
  • cycling to work
  • where usually cycled
  • bicycle ownership by age
  • bicycle trips by age and gender.

Office for National Statistics

The Annual Business Survey (ABS) from the Office for National Statistics collects financial information covering UK production, construction, distribution and service industries. Statistics available include:

  • number of enterprises;
  • total turnover;
  • approximate gross value added at basic prices;
  • total purchases of goods, materials and services;
  • total employment – average during the year;
  • total employment costs;
  • total net capital expenditure;
  • total net capital expenditure – acquisitions;
  • total net capital expenditure – disposals;
  • total stocks and work in progress – value at end of year;
  • total stocks and work in progress – value at beginning of year;
  • total stocks and work in progress – increase during year.
  • The dataset Non-financial business economy, UK: Sections A to S includes statistics for:

    • Manufacture of bicycles and invalid carriages (30.92)
      See Section C: Manufacturing

    Statistics on Europe


    CONEBI is the result of the merger between COLIPED (the Association of the European Two-Wheeler Parts’ and Accessories’ Industry) and COLIBI (the Association of the European Bicycle and e-Bike Industry) in November 2014. They regularly publish theEuropean Bicycle Market and Industry Profile. This economic study offers data on:

    • bicycle production
    • bicycle parts and accessories production
    • bicycle sales
    • employment.


    Eurostat, the EU statistics hub, collates detailed Structural Business Statistics giving the latest figures for industry, construction, trade and services by sector and country. The indicators available include:

    • number of enterprises
    • turnover or gross premiums written
    • production value
    • value added at factor cost
    • gross operating surplus
    • wages and salaries
    • social security costs
    • gross investment in tangible goods
    • gross investment in land
    • gross investment in existing buildings and structures
    • gross investment in construction and alteration of buildings
    • gross investment in machinery and equipment
    • number of employees
    • number of persons employed per enterprise.

    Statistics within the database are available for:

    • Manufacture of bicycles and invalid carriages (C3092)
      See database section ‘SBS – industry and construction’

    Statistics on Asia

    Japan Bicycle Promotion Institute

    The Japan Bicycle Promotion Institute compiles regular reports in English on Japanese bicycle production, import and export. Figures cover:

    • bicycle production
    • shipments and inventory
    • imports
    • domestic units
    • exports.

    Global statistics

    Japan Bicycle Promotion Institute

    The Japan Bicycle Promotion Institute compiles a number of regular reports on the bicycle market in different countries across Europe, Asia, the US and within Japan. Reports are available in Japanese only and can include figures on:

    • production
    • average sale prices
    • export and import volumes and destinations
    • share of sales within different retail environments
    • types of bicycles sold
    • sales of Electronically Power Assisted Cycles (EPACs).


    The UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) collects and compiles industrial statistics known as INDSTAT, which give information on:

    • number of employees
    • number of establishments
    • output
    • value added
    • total wages and salaries.

    Statistics by country are available for:

    • Bicycles and invalid carriages (3592)

    UN Commodity Trade Statistics Database (Comtrade)

    The UN compiles and publishes international import and export statistics in the Commodity Trade Statistics Database (Comtrade), giving figures for goods traded by value, quantity and weight for each country.

    Statistics are available for:

    • Vehicles other than railway, tramway (87)

    UN Industrial Commodity Statistics Database

    The UN provides statistics on the quantity of goods produced by country in the Industrial Commodity Statistics Database.

    Figures are available for:

    • Bicycles and other cycles, not motorized (49)



    Average employment costs within this sector are available from Table 14 of the Office for National Statistics publication Annual Survey of Hours and Earnings (ASHE). Average employment costs are provided for full-time employees, part-time employees and all employees.

    The data includes average employment costs for:

    • sports players
    • sports coaches, instructors and officials.

    Other regions

    Please see individual country profile pages for links to sources of national statistics.

    Import and export

    Trade Tariff

    The Trade Tariff is a useful Gov.uk database listing tax, duties and licenses for the import and export of goods between the UK and other countries. The database is searchable by product or commodity code and results can be filtered by date and country. Information also includes links to relevant conditions and regulations.

    See import and export information for:

    UK business guides

    Atom Content Marketing guides

    The Start Up Donut from Atom Content Marketing provides practical information on starting up and running a number of small business types. Guides cover a range of areas including market research, current trends, regulations, products and services, promotion and pricing. They include:

    UK key players, ratios and trends

    A range of reports on this sector are available to ICAEW members and ACA students via the Library.

    UK benchmarking

    The Library can supply benchmarking reports to ICAEW members and ACA students.

    Trade journals and publications

    Trade journals, B2B magazines and specialist consumer magazines are another useful source of news and statistics.

    Trade bodies

    Further resources

    Cycling industry guide: British Library
    British Library industry guides provide listings of resources for industry-specific information, including print directories and materials held by the British Library.

    Contact the British Library Business and IP Centre for more information.

    Further reading

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