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Survey on the frequency of bicycle usage in Germany 2017-2020

In 2020, 9.8 percent of the German population hopped on a bike daily, while 17.1 percent did so several days a week. Cycling is both a popular way to commute as well as a recreational activity.

Wheels in motion

Cycling is an increasingly familiar fixture of urban life. One of the things to look out for when walking around German cities are marked bike and pedestrian paths. Cycling is especially common in student areas and towns. Germany has many regions offering scenic routes for bike travel, among them Allgäu and Emsland, as well as long-distance tours. There is still work to be done in the area of sustainable public transport, of which bikes are a considerable part, if Germany wants to place higher in world rankings.

Cycle of life

Europe’s cities look back on a long cycling history. It’s not uncommon to see a bike lending station in urban areas. Visitors and the local population alike are encouraged to use bikes not just for recreational reasons, but also for environmental ones – it remains one of the cleanest and cheapest ways to get around, plus cycling is another way to preserve Europe’s many old streets and quarters. In 2019, Utrecht in the Netherlands was rated the most bicycle-friendly city in the world, followed by Münster in Germany, with Bremen closing the list.

Share of persons using a bicycle in Germany from 2017 to 2020, by frequency

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Release date

November 2020



Survey time period

2017 to 2019

Age group

14 years and older

Special properties

German-speaking population

Method of interview

Computer-assisted personal interviews (CAPI)

Supplementary notes

Information on basic sample:
The survey is based on the German-speaking population aged 14 years and older.

Information on random sample:
2017: 23,106 respondents, projected base of 70.09 million persons
2018: 23,086 respondents, projected base of 70.45 million persons
2019: 23,120 respondents, projected base of 70.60 million persons
2020: 23,138 respondents, projected base of 70.63 million persons

The figures refer to the following studies:
2017: VuMA 2018; 2018: VuMA 2019; 2019: VuMA 2020; 2020: VuMA 2021.

You can find more information on the methodology of the study here.

Figures have been rounded for easier understanding.

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