According to data published by the European Association of Motorcycle Manufacturers (ACEM), the market in the EU grew by eight percent in 2019 compared to the previous year, with a total of almost 1.1 million new motorcycle registrations. At the time of writing, there are no official figures for pedelec sales in 2019 for the EU as a whole. However, the ZIV, an association for the bicycle industry in Germany, recorded growth of almost 39 percent for the year, with sales rising to 1.36 million.
In light of this development, it makes sense that more and more towns and cities are expanding their cycle infrastructure significantly as Germany looks to establish more firmly the kind of culture that has become a long-standing tradition in countries such as the Netherlands and Denmark. This is reflected in the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure’s National Cycling Plan 3.0, which includes measures such as increasing the number of bicycle bridges, tunnels for cyclists, and express bike lanes.
Personal light electric vehicles are also experiencing a real boom all around the world. Before they were approved for use in Germany in May 2019, e-scooters were already cruising around a number of American cities, as well as in Europe in places such as Paris, Vienna, Copenhagen, Stockholm, Lisbon, and Madrid. The huge increase in the popularity of this sector, and particularly of e-scooter rental companies, has led a number of cities – especially those in the USA – to take a more active role in the regulation of their urban infrastructure in order to provide better mobility management overall, improve road safety, and curb the discourteous behavior that can often be seen with regard to the parking of these vehicles, for example.