One of the world’s largest consulting companies Deloitte (Deloitte, among which Deloitte Accounting is one of the world’s four largest accounting firms) released a research report that investigated the use of bicycles as a means of transportation (especially in urban commuting) developments around the world.
The study predicts that by 2022, the number of people commuting to get off work by bicycle in many cities around the world will double the current number. Technological innovations have largely promoted this growth, such as electric bicycle E-Bike, shared bicycles, better urban planning, road planning, etc.; and bicycle commuting will effectively alleviate traffic congestion and improve the city air quality and public health , especially when the population of big cities is getting denser.
As more people commute by bicycle on the road, the number of cars will naturally decline. The impact is huge and will bring about social changes, which will greatly improve traffic jams and air quality, and reduce traffic accidents with casualties in the city. Oslo, Norway has proven that the implementation of bicycle commuting directly make it in 2019 zero traffic accidents with casualties throughout the year.
Considering the future population growth, especially in cities where the traffic capacity has reached the limit, commuting by bicycle becomes more important. According to research, the global urban population will increase to 2.5 billion by 2050. According to the United Nations report, only 1.7 billion people lived in cities in 2018.Deloitte also believes that the main reason for the substantial increase in the number of people commuting to work by bicycle is driven by technological innovations across the industry. These technological innovations have made cycling to work easier, more interesting, and more attractive to many people. This series of different technological innovations includes not only physical products, but also industry analysis of user behavior, product and application design, wireless connectivity, digital city planning tools, 3D printing components, and the promotion of electrification. Although E-Bike has caused many controversies, such as whether it is classified as a bicycle, and the safety of high-speed restrictions, it should not be ignored that E-Bike plays an important role in commuting. (Editor’s note: It should be noted that the report did not classify the e Donkeys that are common on domestic roads as electric bicycles, and the report content is more inclined to Europe and the United States).
In short, E-Bike makes commuting by bicycle easier and is increasingly becoming a better alternative to cars, especially in American cities. It is estimated that between 2019-2023, the number of E-Bikes worldwide will increase from 200 million to 300 million. (This figure includes shared bicycles and electric bicycles under the corporate name.)
Other technological advancements have also promoted more people to ride bicycles: smart phone apps with more functions can help cyclists plan and determine safer riding routes; 3D printing can make lighter and cheaper helmets and products; Shared bicycles are already indispensable in cities; urban planning uses big data for precise scheduling and so on.
In addition, according to this research, the development of cycling is considered the second largest innovation. Other innovations include the application of 5G technology, the podcast boom, and the application of more advanced robotics.
Post time: Sep-10-2020