Britain’s bicycle industry: 200 years of adding people power to the economy

Britain’s cycle industry started in 1818. There was a “bicycle boom” in the 1890s, when society’s elites took to cycling. By 1949, with a journey share of 37 per cent, Britons cycled more than the Dutch do today.

Photographs of Amsterdam-levels of bicycle use in British cities show that cycling is far from alien to these shores, and that with the right sort of designs and policies – as has been seen in London in recent years – cycle use can blossom.

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