Last year more bikes were sold than cars in 26 out of the 28 countries belonging to the European Union. The two exceptions were Belgium and Luxembourg. The shift is partly due to the economic crisis, which has hurt car sales significantly, but not bike sales. Southern Europeans are now joining the bicycle revolution, long touted by northern Europeans. Milan has just rolled out a bike-sharing system similar to one in Paris. Madrid has unveiled a bike rental scheme and is planning a “green ring” of bike paths around the city’s center (AFP).