CASH-STRAPPED Spaniards have bought more bikes than cars for the first time on record.
A total 780,000 new bikes have been sold this year, compared to 700,000 cars as a result of higher taxes on both fuel and new vehicles.
The figures represent a 4% increase in bike sales, and a whopping 30% fall in car sales.
The figures are somewhat shocking for a country which, unlike its neighbours, doesn’t embrace cycling as a means of getting around.
Few people in the country commute to work on their bike, and Spain has one of Europe’s highest fatality rates for road cyclists in Europe.