Cycling industry generates more jobs than steel or mining

Europe’s cycling industry now has a higher employment intensity than any other transport sub-sector, according to a new study. It also employs more people than mining and quarrying and almost twice as many as the steel industry.

Some 655,000 people work in the cycling economy – which includes bicycle production, tourism, retail, infrastructure and services – compared to 615,000 people in mining and quarrying, and just 350,000 workers directly employed in the steel sector.

If cycling’s three per cent share of journeys across Europe were doubled, the numbers employed could grow to over one million by 2020, reports the study:  ‘Jobs and job creation in the European cycling sector’  which was commissioned by the European Cyclists’ Federation.

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November 21, 2014