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Bicycle Production Remains Strong Worldwide
by Elizabeth Mygatt, Earth Policy Institute

Eco-Economy Indicator – BICYCLES

In 2003, global production of bicycles hit 105 million—two-and-a-half times the record 42 million cars produced. During the 1950s and 1960s,
bicycle and automobile production were nearly equal. In the decades following, however, bike output soared, reaching 91 million in 1990, when
car production totaled 36 million. Since then, with the exception of 1997 and 1998 (when output dropped to 90 million and then 87 million), about
100 million bikes have been produced each year…

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And for more thoughts on "Redesigning Cities for People" (not cars), see Chapter 9 of Lester Brown’s ECO-ECONOMY: Building an Economy for the Earth, at

Note: Eco-Economy Indicators are twelve trends that the Earth Policy Institute tracks to measure progress in building an eco-economy. Bicycle production is included because it measures our ability to provide affordable transportation, reduce traffic congestion, lower air pollution, increase mobility, and provide exercise to the world’s growing population.

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