This is the conclusion of Mobiliteitsbeeld 2014, an annual survey by KIM (Knowledge Institute for Mobility Policy) reporting on the state of mobility policy in the Netherlands.
Cycling to and from work and to and from education has seen the fastest increase. Using the bike to go shopping is less frequent than 10 years ago.
The increase in cycling is due in large part to the increasing popularity of the e-bike. Some 10% of the population now has an e-bike. And e-bikes now account for 12% of all cycling kilometres.
The e-bike is especially popular with the over-65 age group. A quarter of all persons in that category now have an e-bike. Only 1% of adults up to the age of 40 have an e-bike. The percentage for the 40-50 category is 5; of those aged between 50 and 65, some 10% have an e-bike.
The average distance covered by e-bikers is 6.3 kilometres. This is about twice as far as the average distance covered by ‘normal’ bikes (3.6 km).
Another conclusion in the KIM survey is that the bike share in Amsterdam and Utrecht is considerably higher than in Rotterdam. The Hague is in between.