Cycle sector could employ one million Europeans by 2020

Recent growth in the cycle industry now means it is predicted to employ up to one million Europeans by the end of the decade

Up to a million Europeans could be employed in a cycling-related job by 2020, the sport having the highest employment intensity compared to any other transport sub-sector.

A report by the European Cyclists’ Federation that is to be published in December will say that 655,000 people across the continent work in the cycling economy, highlighting how cycling has a higher job creation potential than the automotive industry which employs three times fewer people per million euros of turnover.

Should the popularity and demand of cycling continue to grow, and double in the next six years, the ‘Jobs and job creation in the European cycling sector’ study says that a million people could be part of the cycling economy.

The main sub-sector of input is accommodation and restaurants which accounts for 524,000 employees, with production, retail, infrastructure and services making up the remaining 135,000 jobs.

E-bike inventions and increased awareness for cycling safety, thus leading to road safety campaigns and infrastructure amendments and improvements, provides an additional boost to the cycling economy.

Kevin Mayne, the ECF’s development director, believes that the study sends out a clear message to governments: “You know that investing in cycling is justified from your transport, climate change and health budgets.

“Now we can show clearly that every cycle lane you build and every new cyclist you create is contributing to job growth.

“Investing in cycling provides a better economic return than almost any other transport option. This should be your first choice every time.”

Source: The Guardian