Bikes outsell cars - again

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Re: Bikes outsell cars - again

Postby mitzikatzi » Tue 11 Jan 2011, 4:00 pm

To a 14 year old young man I suspect "image" is important. I wouldn't want to be seen on a Huffy either. If his mates don't ride I suspect it would be difficult to get any teenager to do it unless it's dangerous or fun. Have you taken him downhill mountain biking I assume you can hire bikes in the Victorian Alps. I thought I saw on the news ( I am in WA) that Melbourne has a new indoor skate and bike park. Thats where I would take him.

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Re: Bikes outsell cars - again

Postby haitch » Tue 11 Jan 2011, 4:32 pm

biftek wrote:xbox kinnect wins over

lol! At least he's moving around, I guess.

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Re: Bikes outsell cars - again

Postby biftek » Tue 11 Jan 2011, 8:32 pm

mitzikatzi wrote:To a 14 year old young man I suspect "image" is important. I wouldn't want to be seen on a Huffy either. If his mates don't ride I suspect it would be difficult to get any teenager to do it unless it's dangerous or fun. Have you taken him downhill mountain biking I assume you can hire bikes in the Victorian Alps. I thought I saw on the news ( I am in WA) that Melbourne has a new indoor skate and bike park. Thats where I would take him.


nah huffy have the image , the duel suspension , the hanging seat in the frame , they have the downhill mountain bike look with fancy decals to match

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Re: Kids bike sales drop

Postby weg » Tue 29 Aug 2017, 12:47 pm

Kids' bike sales down 22 per cent in a decade. From Cycling Promotion Promotion Foundation media release:

Sales of children’s bicycles have hit a new low leading to concerns that Australian children are not active enough to ensure their long term health and well-being.

Sales of children’s bicycles reported by the industry fell 22% in the decade to 2017, from 492,000 in 2007-8 to 382,000. These are the lowest figures since 2003-04 when 431,000 children’s bicycles were sold. ...

“The ACPF believes that the declining sales are a simple indicator that we need to do more to make walking and cycling a real option every day for our children,” ACPF spokesperson Stephen Hodge said.

“Seventy-one per cent of children and 92% of young people do not meet the recommended guidelines for physical activity in Australia. ...

Year children's bike imports
2007/08 491,916
2008/09 437,471
2009/10 469,063
2010/11 413,587
2011/12 404,692
2012/13 436,535
2013/14 424,724
2014/15 473,066
2015/16 462,853
2016/17 382,673

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Re: Bikes outsell cars - again

Postby victor » Tue 29 Aug 2017, 1:41 pm

I don't know whether that's a real trend. If you plot those 10 numbers in a line chart, the dip at the end may or may not be significant. But I suspect that if we plotted the data from, say, the mid-80s, then we might notice a dramatic trend post-MHL.

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Re: Bikes outsell cars - again

Postby baudman » Tue 29 Aug 2017, 5:28 pm

I know some bike shops are really struggling. I know others are selling more bikes than ever.

Given the movement from Goldcross to A-Mart (I know, that's a few years now) but also less room taken up in department stores by bikes, perhaps people are buying better-quality bikes? That would mean they're lasting longer - especially the kids' ones which are more readily handed down to the next child (or, for us, via a neighbour and then back to us).

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Re: Bikes outsell cars - again

Postby weg » Tue 29 Aug 2017, 7:52 pm

I think it's only some hipsters and enthusiasts buying quality kids' bikes sorry bauds.

This has had good coverage today but every time, the 30-something mums (and occasional dad) on TV said no, and therefore they told a million viewers no, too dangerous. Not one mentioned a walking bus or riding bus, but then I spoke to the local council sustainability officer who'd never heard of them either. :roll: Not one was challenged to think their SUV fleet might be the problem.

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Re: Bikes outsell cars - again

Postby GreenAlias » Wed 30 Aug 2017, 9:05 am

weg wrote: ............ Not one was challenged to think their SUV fleet might be the problem.


Yes, this is indeed the problem!


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