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Bicycle sales better than car sales for the first time in Italy since WWII

By SYF77 on 10 Oct 2012

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In Italy, bicycle sales have surpassed that of car sales. Last year, 1.75 million bicycles were sold in the country as compared to 1.748 million vehicles sold. This is the first occurrence since the Second World War.

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Several factors could have contributed to this phenomenon. Firstly, the European debt crisis that resulted in job losses could have made some Italians turn to lower cost of transportation.

In addition, escalating fuel prices and high costs associated with maintaining a car could have affected car sales as well. Recently, petrol prices hit €2 (S$3.20) a litre and the average cost of car ownership is estimated to be around €7000 (S$11,210) per annum.

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Driving in Italy could be a stressful affair due to the cramped streets in many Italian cities. Furthermore, Italy has one of the highest car ownership in the world – 6 out of 10 people own a car.

This combination has caused traffic congestion in many parts of Italy. President of the Italian Federation of Bike Lovers, Antonio Della Venezia, commented that people who have only ever driven cars are changing their thinking and he does not think that car sales in Italy will return to the level before 2008.

Cycling is good for both the human body and the environment. In addition, it is kinder on the wallet too as compared to driving!

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I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Ferrari_enzo Oct 10 2012 09:40 PM
if temp here is <20 many will go cycle too
Mustank Oct 11 2012 09:41 AM
whoa!!!! sexy lady!!!! opp...ooppp....opppp......ooopppaaa gumdum style!!!! heheh
Darthrevan Oct 11 2012 01:28 PM
its not the temperature..its the humidity that is unforgiving
Dwee Oct 11 2012 04:39 PM
With the ridiculous high COE , high influx of FT , No widening of road and cyclist insist they have the right to cycle on the roads for free and no insurance coverage , will my country be the same as Italy one day ??? My opinion is Yes.... :(
Tomrosss Oct 11 2012 05:07 PM
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Jimianderson Oct 12 2012 04:45 PM
Really?? But what is the reason? Temperature only? If there is any problem for car maintenance then there are some car care product like shampoo & protection for car care can help to get rid of this problem.
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