Covid-19 brings upsurge in bicycle consumption and boom in bicycle market again

14 January 2021

Covid-19 and its follow-up scenarios such as stay-at-home procedures and other pandemic restriction brought about an exponential growth in bicycle sales force in a bid to tackle with the demand of delivery services with an increased consumption of bicycles. U Chit Hway, Owner of Ko Chit Htwe Bicycle Shop located in Saw Bwar Gyi Gone in Insein Township, Yangon Region, told us more about the current circumstances in the bicycle market.

"Even though bicycle sales decreased compared to pre-Covid-19 period, now the sales have gradually risen back to a considerable amount. We have been seeing an increasing number of bike users as well in Yangon. Compared to last 2 months, the bicycle sales have increased to 50%."

Cycling has long been one of the most reliable and convenient means of transport. Even before the pandemic, millions relied on bicycles to do different types of activities. But when stay-at-home orders temporarily curtailed daily life of the people, the role of bicycles transformed in a good way.

Ko Nay Linn who is the sales staff of Shwe Myanmar Bicycle shop, also told us more about the aforementioned topic, he said, "I would say the bicycle market is in a normal state for now. The sale force is neither too high nor too low to consider as a bad business. Our sale force reaches a considerable amount and the demands have been on a basis of regularity during this period."

As most of the offices and companies are reopening to some extent these days, the delivery workers are struggling with frequent heavy traffic. Ma Thara Phee, a delivery worker, stated her perspective and experiences regarding this, she said, "We have to be more careful about the cars and traffic these days. As we also have to follow the traffic rules precisely, it is sometimes difficult for us to deliver things on time. And sometimes it is not easy for us to balance the amount we earned with the time and energy we used."

Bikes which are suited for delivery works, Kid's and battery bikes are the categories that have been high in demands. The prices for Kid's bike starts from K45,000, Battery bikes starts from K120,000 and normal adult bikes start ranging from K50,000 to K1.5 million,  according to U Chit Htway, Owner of Ko Chit Htwe Bicycle shop, as he hopes for the best in the future of Bicycle market.

Dave, Zwe Mahn and Soe Min Aung