VIDEO: Why you may struggle to buy a bike in Europe in 2021

Demand for bicycles has soared in Europe during the coronavirus pandemic, but conversely the global supply is at record low levels, with consumers having to wait months or over a year for their bike of choice.

VIDEO: Why you may struggle to buy a bike in Europe in 2021
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Bikes are projected to outsell cars in Europe by two to one by 2030.   

But 2021 will not be an easy year to buy a bike in many European countries, especially if you have a particular model in mind. 

Firstly, there's been a huge surge in demand for bikes during the pandemic, as Europeans looked for ways to stay fit and move around more freely without having to worry about being exposed to Covid-19 on public transport.

On the flip side, bike production in China, which supplies almost the entire global market, has practically ground to a halt.

The same can be said for bicycle accessories and components, which are either not being produced in Chinese factories currently or held up for months in ports in Asia due to the reduction of capacity in shipping.


In this short report, video producer Alex Dunham explores the issue of Europe's bike shortage in 2021.


Member comments

  1. I feel like that not just Europe but the world should start having less dependency on made in China products as we have all seen during this pandemic that what happens when we put all of our eggs in one basket.

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Geneva extends ‘temporary’ bicycle lanes until September

Created in May for the duration of two months, the cycle lanes can be used by Geneva’s bikers until mid-September

Geneva extends 'temporary' bicycle lanes until September
A man bikes in front of the Geneva airport. Photo by Fabrice Coffrini / AFP

At the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, the canton of Geneva converted parts of the roads normally reserved for car traffic, into bicycle lanes connecting the outskirts to the city centre.

The new paths were created in a few hours, to the surprise of motorists and bike enthusiasts alike. 

To achieve this, the road space has been reorganised and redistributed to increase the safety of cyclists while maintaining car routes.

Last week, Geneva authorities announced that the infrastructure, which was originally intended only until July, will be extended until the middle of September.

“This renewal is justified since the distancing rules are still in force at the federal level to prevent the risk of a significant resumption of the COVID-19 epidemic”, the canton said in a press release.

The officials added that bike lanes are needed because “public transport has still not reached” its pre-pandemic occupancy rate.

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This new deadline should ensure “a temporary connection” consistent with the start of several projects aimed at setting up a permanent cycling infrastructure throughout the canton.

The authorities also created more pedestrian zones. In some of those areas, pedestrians can use the entire street, while accessibility is maintained for vehicles traveling at a speed of up to 20 km / hour.

This map shows the cycling paths and pedestrian zones.

While cyclists are happy with the extended network of paths, the transformation has sparked criticism among many drivers, who complain that the new system is creating traffic jams and bottlenecks on Geneva’s busiest roads.

“If you need pedestrian zones and cycle paths, it is imperative to keep the major axes clear, at the risk of blocking the whole city”, said Bertrand Reich, the president of the local Liberal party.