Bicycles Outsell Cars in NZ


I love interesting statistics, and here is an interesting statistic:

New Zealand residents bought more bicycles than cars in 2006; in fact, 30,000 more new bikes were sold than new cars in NZ last year. Bicycle sales have increased 40% over the last four years according to sales figures supplied by both Statistics New Zealand and the NZ Motor Trade Association. There are approximately 4 million people in New Zealand.

Just that one statistic alone about bicycles outselling cars would make some people want to move there.

Gasoline (petrol) in NZ costs about $4.17 USD per gallon unleaded.

Author: Brendan Moore

Brendan Moore is a Principal Consultant with Cedar Point Consulting , a management consulting practice based in the Washington, DC area. He also manages Autosavant Consulting, a separate practice within Cedar Point Consulting. where he advises businesses connected to the auto industry. Cedar Point Consulting can be found at

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  1. I wonder how many other countries in which this is true. I’m especially curious about developed nations, since I’d guess that it’s most likely that developing nations WOULD sell more bikes than cars.

  2. Bikes in the Netherlands EVERYWHERE.

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