MOONEE Valley is reflecting an Australia-wide increase in bicycle sales and a growing trend for residents to pedal to work. Figures released by the Cycling Promotion Fund reveal nationwide bicycle sales continue to outperform motor vehicle sales.
It is the ninth consecutive year that bicycle sales have outstripped the number of cars. Moonee Valley residents were found to be using their bikes more, with figures indicating a 28 per cent increase in those choosing to ride to work.
North Essendon cycling shop manager Steve Ballingall has noticed a significant increase in sales at his store but expects business to slow once credit card bills start rolling in. Mr Ballingall said customers had specifically asked for reliable bikes to ride to work.
An improvement in bicycle paths in Moonee Valley had led to more people opting for the bike instead of the car.
While “the infrastructure [in Moonee Valley] is a lot better then it was five years ago”, it could be improved, as could awareness of cyclists by motorists, he said. …..More