SWS: 1 in 3 Filipino households are bike users

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 1) — One out of three Filipino families are bike users, according to a survey released Thursday by the Social Weather Stations (SWS).

The poll showed 10 million (36%) of households nationwide have at least one member who uses a bicycle – up from 7.3 million (29%) in April 2022 and 6.2 million (24%) in May 2021.

SWS said around 7.5 million Filipino households (27%) cycle for recreational activities, while 6.7 million (24%) do it for essential activities.

The pollster also logged higher bicycle owners compared to car owners, with a 4:1 ratio. SWS said the number was similar to April 2022 and May 2021, but higher than the 2:1 ratio in the May, July, and September 2020 surveys.

"Thirteen national SWS surveys from May 2020 to March 2023 show that there were more bicycle owners compared to car owners nationwide," SWS stated.

"In all thirteen surveys, the bulk of motor vehicle owners nationwide own 2-wheeled types, such as motorcycles," it added.

The survey was conducted from March 26 to 29, using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults nationwide.

The sampling error margins are +2.8% for national percentages and +5.7% each for Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao.