About one-third of people surveyed in 44 countries reported access to a working car at home. Bikes are more common, according to the Pew Research Center, which said about 42 percent of people in 44 countries possess at least one working bicycle at their residence.
About half of people in the United States said there is a working bicycle at home. But chances are a German garage more likely will contain a bike — eight in 10 Germans possess a bike. Other countries with high rates of bike ownership include:
• Japan, 78 percent
• Thailand, 74 percent
• Poland, 70 percent
• Vietnam, Chile, China and Indonesia, more than 60 percent.
The lowest rates of bike ownership exist in Lebanon at 7 percent and Jordan at 5 percent.
Auto ownership is high in the United States — 88 percent, just a point behind Italy. Across the European Union, the median is 79 percent. Pew documented a wide disparity in auto access in Asia — about 83 percent in South Korea have access to a working auto at home, about 2 percent have access in Vietnam and Bangladesh.
Pew found the possession of a scooter or motorcycle is lowest globally, but high in South and Southeast Asia. More than 80 percent of people in Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia reported household ownership of a working scooter or motorcycle. About 60 percent in China, 47 percent in India and 43 percent in Pakistan.
By comparison, about 26 percent reported household ownership of a scooter or motorcycle in Italy, 23 percent in Greece. In the United States, the percentage is at 14, still above France, Poland, Russia, Mexico and Colombia.
Pew identified some interesting statistics related to wealth and income. Wealthier people are far more likely to own a bike than are others in the United States. Not so in other countries, where bike ownership is more even among the income classes. The trend suggests bike ownership in the United States remains more a means of recreation than a mode of transportation.