Edition 2022

Foto omschrijving: Senior citizens riding their e-bike across a green levee under a blue sky with lots of white clouds.

How much do we cycle per week on average?

In 2020, the 12 to 17‑year-olds cycled most frequently, either on bicycles or e-bikes. They also travelled the most kilometres: an average of 33 kilometres per person per week. The over-75s preferred the bicycle least. They cycled an average of 14 kilometres per week, as many as 25 to 34‑year-olds.

Hoeveel fietsen we gemiddeld per week?How much do we cycle per week on average? 6 tot 12 jaar6 to 11 yrs15,2 km12 tot 18 jaar12 to 17 yrs32,9 km18 tot 25 jaar18 to 24 yrs16,8 km25 tot 35 jaar25 to 34 yrs14,0 km35 tot 50 jaar35 to 49 yrs15,5 km50 tot 65 jaar50 to 64 yrs19,1 km65 tot 75 jaar65 to 74 yrs23,4 km75 yrs and over13,7 km

In 2020, a year of government measures imposed to counter the coronavirus pandemic, people cycled less frequently and also covered fewer kilometres per week on average than in 2019. This was excluding the over-75s, who cycled equally often both years and covered the same distance.

An average of 4.2 bike rides a week

In an average week in 2020, residents of the Netherlands aged six and over used a bicycle for 4.4 trips, almost 1 less than in 2019. The 12 to 17‑year-olds also cycled less often in 2020, but at 8.4 times they still cycled nearly twice as often as the average Dutch person. With an average of 33 kilometres per person per week, they also travelled the most kilometres. Similarly, despite cycling less often and less far than in 2019, 6 to 11‑year-olds rode their bikes nearly 7 times a week and covered over 15 kilometres a week.

While 65 to 74‑year-olds cycled less often than young people, when they did go out, they covered relatively many kilometres, around 24 kilometres per week in 2020. This figure is the same as it was in 2019. People aged 75 and over cycled the fewest kilometres per week at 14 kilometres. In 2020, 25 to 34‑year-olds were also cycling 14 kilometres a week. This was nearly 18 kilometres a week in 2019.

Students and pupils cycle the most

Both students and pupils rode their bikes most frequently and they also pedalled the most kilometres. They rode their bikes almost 7 times a week in 2020 and cycled more than 22 kilometres per person during such week. In 2019, this was 9 times and 29 kilometres. Pensioners spent less time on their bicycles, but when they did, they covered a greater distance. In total, pensioners cycled an average of 21 kilometres per person per week, both in 2020 and the year before.

Average cycling distance per person per week, 2020 (kilometres)
Persoonskenmerken Kilometres cycled
Students or pupils 22.45
Pensioners, early retirees 20.69
People working
12-29 hrs/week
People working
30 hrs/week or more
Unemployed people 14.64
People with work disability 11.77
Other 13.14

Mainly recreational cycling kilometres

In 2020, most bicycle trips were made to run errands or to do some shopping. However, most cycling kilometres were travelled for recreational purposes, such as touring, hiking and for going out, sports and leisure. The average of 4.7 kilometres per person per week for the purpose of touring and hiking was almost a third higher than in 2019. For going out, sports and leisure, almost one-fifth fewer kilometres were cycled in 2020 than in 2019. For commuting to and from work, this was one-third fewer kilometres.

Average cycling distance per week by travel purpose, 2020 (kilometres)
Reismotief Distance
Touring, hiking 4.67
Going out, sports, leisure 3.60
Travel to/from work, (non-)daily commute 3.07
Shopping, groceries, errands 2.18
Attending education/courses/childcare 1.85
Visit, overnight stay 1.33
Other travel purposes 0.99
Services, personal care 0.33
Business, occupational 0.23

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