Holland is still the foremost cycling country
The Netherlands still have the most bicycles per capita. Scandinavian countries also score high, with four countries in the top six.
This conclusion emerged from a list drawn up by the Sydney University of Technology. Bicycle density in Holland is estimated at 99.1%, 80.1% in Denmark, and 75.8% in Germany. After that come Sweden (63.7%), Norway (60.7%), Finland (60.4%), Japan (56.9%), Switzerland (48.8%), Belgium (48%) and finally China where bicycle ownership is estimated to be at least 37.3%.
An examination of the modal split produces an entirely different ranking. Holland is still at the top with 27% of all trips (and 25% of all commuting trips) being done by bike, 18% of all trips being done by bike in Denmark, and 9% in Germany. The bike commuting percentage in Japan, for example, is 15%.
There are no exact figures available for China, but it is known that 60% of all bicycle owners in Shanghai commute to work daily with the bike. The city totals 9 million bicycles owned by 19 million inhabitants.