The Netherlands is known as the land with more bikes than people. Because so many people use bikes to get around, air pollution is not a problem in this densely populated country. The average Dutch person cycles 3 kilometers per day on the 19,000 miles of paths and lanes provided exclusively for bicycle use. Up to 50% of the population uses a bike regularly for travel.
The Dutch bike industry reports that they are experiencing a bike boom with increased sales over previous years. According to Statistics Netherlands, 15% more bikes and mopeds were sold in 2006 over 2005, with an expectation of even greater growth in 2007, with domestic bike production and imports of bikes up significantly.