A total of 2.01 million bicycles were sold in Italy in 2020, or 17 percent more than in the previous year, according to data provided by the Associazione Nazionale Ciclo Motociclo Accessori (ANCMA), the Italian bike industry association. The Covid-19 pandemic contributed to the strong increase, driving the demand for socially-distanced and sustainable urban mobility options. While sales of traditional bicycles rose by 14 percent compared to 2019 to 1.73 million units, sales of electric bikes jumped by 44 percent to 280,000. Meanwhile, Italy’s production of bicycles, carried out by some 250 mainly small and medium-sized Italian companies, rose by 6 percent from the prior year, with a 29 percent rise for e-bikes.

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