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Cycling in the United Kingdom (UK) - Statistic & Facts

Although not as substantial as within many other countries, the cycling industry in the United Kingdom (UK) has seen a resurgence in recent years. In 2018, UK households purchased approximately 1.9 billion British pounds worth of bicycles. Sales in Great Britain (GB) peaked at 3.92 million units in 2006, and then fell sharply to 3.3 million units sold in 2008. A significant share of these sales were attributed to the UK brand, Halfords, a well-established British retailer of bikes and motoring products and a provider of maintenance and repair services. Beside its own-brand shops, Halfords Group also operates Cycle Republic, Tredz and Wheelies. In 2017, Halfords constituted a quarter of the entire UK cycling market.

Utility cycling encompasses any cycling undertaken as a means of transport as opposed to as a sport or leisure activity. It includes commuting to work, school or university; cycling as a means of transport; and economic activity such as the delivery of goods and services. In 2017/2018, it was found that 7.7 percent of respondents stated that they go cycling for utility purposes at least once per month with 3.4 percent reporting that they go cycling for utility purposes at least 3 times per week.

In contrast recreational cycling involves cycling as a means of sport or leisure activity. Although the distribution of the population that engage within both recreational and utility cycling expresses significant age dependent variation, recreational cycling remains the most prevalent form of cycling within the English population.

British Cycling is the main national governing body for cycle sport in Great Britain. With, expenses of approximately 32.9 million British pounds in 2018, British Cycling works across all levels and six disciplines of the sport, including BMX, Mountain Bike, Cyclo-cross, Road, Track, and Cycle Speedway. It represents Britain at the world body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and selects national teams, including the hugely successful Great Britain (GB) Cycling Team for both national and international races.

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Cycling in the United Kingdom (UK) - Statistic & Facts

Although not as substantial as within many other countries, the cycling industry in the United Kingdom (UK) has seen a resurgence in recent years. In 2018, UK households purchased approximately 1.9 billion British pounds worth of bicycles. Sales in Great Britain (GB) peaked at 3.92 million units in 2006, and then fell sharply to 3.3 million units sold in 2008. A significant share of these sales were attributed to the UK brand, Halfords, a well-established British retailer of bikes and motoring products and a provider of maintenance and repair services. Beside its own-brand shops, Halfords Group also operates Cycle Republic, Tredz and Wheelies. In 2017, Halfords constituted a quarter of the entire UK cycling market.

Utility cycling encompasses any cycling undertaken as a means of transport as opposed to as a sport or leisure activity. It includes commuting to work, school or university; cycling as a means of transport; and economic activity such as the delivery of goods and services. In 2017/2018, it was found that 7.7 percent of respondents stated that they go cycling for utility purposes at least once per month with 3.4 percent reporting that they go cycling for utility purposes at least 3 times per week.

In contrast recreational cycling involves cycling as a means of sport or leisure activity. Although the distribution of the population that engage within both recreational and utility cycling expresses significant age dependent variation, recreational cycling remains the most prevalent form of cycling within the English population.

British Cycling is the main national governing body for cycle sport in Great Britain. With, expenses of approximately 32.9 million British pounds in 2018, British Cycling works across all levels and six disciplines of the sport, including BMX, Mountain Bike, Cyclo-cross, Road, Track, and Cycle Speedway. It represents Britain at the world body, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI) and selects national teams, including the hugely successful Great Britain (GB) Cycling Team for both national and international races.

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