This page contains studies related to EuroVelo, cycling tourism and other related topics.
The European Cycle Route Network: EuroVelo. Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Tourism
This update of the 2009 report evaluates the challenges and opportunities of developing a cycle tourism network across Europe. It focuses on EuroVelo, a network of 14 long distance routes managed by the European Cyclists’ Federation which is being developed in different countries by a wide range of partners. The study reviews the market for cycle tourism and presents a model of demand for EuroVelo. It also evaluates the recent developments on the Iron Curtain Trail.
This document was requested by the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism.
Executive Summary (available in 21 different languages)
European Cycle Friendly Service Network Concept Study
Data was collected and evaluated relating to good practice examples of Cycle Friendly Services Networks across the continent. It then considers the potential for establishing a European Cycle Friendly Service Network.
This document was prepared as part of the EuroVelo Central Coordination Project, which was co-financed by the European Union.
European Cycle Friendly Service Network Concept Study under the preparatory action “Sustainable Tourism”.
Study: Overview on methods for measuring and understanding cycling and cyclists (in Swedish, conclusion as well in English)
This study published by the traffic and environmental consultants Koucky & Partners in September 2016 and written by Martin Forsberg and Joakim Bjerhem, provides an overview of practical methods and tools to collect data. Furthermore it assists other researchers and public officials in choosing the best method of data collection in according to their purposes. This study was funded by the Swedish Transport Administration fund ”Skyltfonden” and the ECF supported it by providing knowledge and experience about methods and tools. In general the study is written in Swedish, but the most interesting part, the conclusion of the study you can also find in English from page 26 onward.
Study of the use of French EuroVelo routes (in French)
This study published by the Départements et Régions Cyclables in May 2016, analyses the use of five of the seven EuroVelo routes in France: EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route, EuroVelo 4 – Central Europe Route, EuroVelo 6 – Atlantic – Black Sea, EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route and EuroVelo 17 – Rhone Cycle Route. This first document will be soon completed by other detailed studies about the use of cycle routes in France.
2015 Barometer on cycling tourism in France (in French)
This barometer on cycling tourism shows, with some marking numbers, the impact of cycling tourism on a national scale in France and aims to raise awareness among the concerned actors on the importance of investing in this sector, which has a bright future.
Study of the use and economic impact of the interregional route La Loire à Veló (in French)
Coordinated by the regional tourism boards of the Région Centre and Pays de la Loire in France and co-financed by the state, this survey was conducted during 2010.
Over a period of 64 days, 7000 cyclists were surveyed and readings were taken from automatic counters to assess the use of 800 km of La Loire à Veló (which forms part of EuroVelo 6 – Atlantic to the Black Sea) between Cuffy and the Atlantic coast in St. Brevin-les-Pins.
The study concluded that 736,000 riders used the route during 2010 contributing €15 million of direct economic benefits.
ADFC Cycle Tourism Analysis 2016
The German Cyclists’ Federation (ADFC) analyses the major trends in the German cycle tourism market. Next to detailed numbers on cycle tourists, behaviors and trends, ADFC also presents the most popular routes in Germany, as well as the most popular cycle routes for Germans abroad. For 2016, the EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route and the EuroVelo 6 – Atlantic-Black Sea Cycle Route appear as one of the most popular routes in Germany.
Independent research into the public health benefits of new walking and cycling routes
Fit for Life, a new report by Sustrans, presents independent research, by leading experts, into the public health benefits of new walking and cycling routes. You can find the complete report on Sustrans website.
The Value of Cycle Tourism
Transform Scotland published a report on the benefits of cycle tourism in Scotland. Authored by Ivan Zovko, the report showcases the many positive aspects of promoting cycle tourism, including significant economic benefits for the Scottish economy.
Cycling Tourism in Ireland
Fáilte Ireland – the national tourism agency for Ireland – gave a useful presentation in June 2013 summarising the results of a study that they had undertaken into the cycling tourism market there. It can be viewed here.
Fáilte Ireland also commissioned an economic impact case study of the Great Western Greenway, which forms part of EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route.
Sustrans’ Cycling Tourism Information Sheet
A 1999 report on the developments and characteristics of the UK cycle tourism market. Includes a good definition of the different types of cycling tourism.
Cycle Tourism For Sustainable Rural Development: Understanding And Interpreting Lessons From Europe
Andy Beanland received a grant from the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust to fund a seven week research trip to investigate whether cycle tourism can support sustainable rural development in the UK. His report can be viewed here.
Economic Analysis of Outdoor Recreation in Washington State