Bicyclists have been riding in India for centuries, but only a few years ago were there nearly 50,000 bikes registered in the country.
But now, with the new bike census, we know a lot more about the riders who use them.
Bicycling is not just a sport of a few thousand riders, it is a global phenomenon, says Anurag Chaturvedi, founder and chairman of Bicycle India.
There are more than 20 million registered bicycle commuters in the world, according to the International Bicycle Federation.
“But how can you tell who’s riding a bike?” he asks.
To get a clearer picture of who is using bicycles, the Bangalore-based Bicycle India team has set up the bike census project.
The census, launched on Tuesday, is aimed at uncovering trends and identifying bike commuters who are at the highest risk of injuries and deaths.
Here are the key takeaways: 1.
The bikes are more popular in cities, but the people who ride them are also more popular.
The bike census data is being used to create a comprehensive picture of the biking culture in India.
India has more than 100 million registered bike commuters, and in the next five years, more than one-third of them will be bike commuters.