This page contains studies related to EuroVelo, cycling tourism and other related topics.

Biking South Baltic: Bicycle survey results 2018

In total 2,285 questionnaires were filled in at five regions (provinces, destinations) in 3 different countries: Pomerania (Poland), West Pomerania (Poland), Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Germany), Bornholm (Denmark) and southern parts of mainland Denmark. Participating cyclists were asked about a variety of topics such as accomodation, transport, general cycle habits, bicycle tours and other aspects of cycling. The results are reviewed for each region.

CBI Product Factsheet: Cycling tourism from Europe

Europe is one of the most important source regions for cycling tourism. This study by CBI, the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries, looks at the opportunities for outbound cycling tourism in Europe and which requirements should cycling tourism comply with for cyclists in terms of safety, infrastructure and other necessities on the European market.

Study on Cyclotourism

Conducted by Inddigo and Symetris on behalf of the Ile-de-France Regional Tourism Committee, this two-parts study first describes the region’s position in the field of cycling tourism and the market study of this area around the world, then the image and expectations that tourists in the Île-de-France have.


Cyclotourism in Belgium

This is a study conducted by Pro Vélo in 2017 in order to study the opportunity to create cycling trips in Wallonia. The study looked at the cycle tourism market, tried to define the profile and the needs of the bicycle travellers (the demand), to study the competition (the offer) as well as Belgium and Wallonia as cyclotourism destinations.


Handbook on Marketing Transnational Tourism Themes and Routes

The European Travel Commission (ETC) and the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) published a handbook which aims to provide an overview of six varieties of transnational tourism themes and routes, as well as practical guidelines both for managers of existing transnational routes and networks and for those seeking to create new ones. The Handbook includes a four-step guide to the marketing process of transnational themed tourism products.


Profiling Bicycle Tourists: A Case of Croatia

Social Science Research Network published a paper by Nataša Kovačić. The purpose of the primary research is to gather information about the behaviour of bicycle tourism demand. Research was carried out by surveying different segments of bicyclists, recognized in earlier conceptual contributions. This paper is the first attempt to study the Croatian segment of the bicycle tourism demand. This research applies a somewhat different perspective than the existing ones – enabling more insight into the cycling-related behaviour in the home area and on vacation.

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.

The European Cycle Route Network: EuroVelo. Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Tourism (in English)

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.

Overview on methods for measuring and understanding cycling and cyclist  (in Swedish, English abstract)


Study of the use of French EuroVelo routes (in French)

This study published by the Départements et Régions Cyclables in May 2016analyses 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.


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.

Baromètre 2017 du Tourisme à Vélo en France

Baromètre 2015 du Tourisme à Vélo en France


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.

Etude de fréquentation et de retombées économiques de l’itinéraire interrégional La Loire à Vélo


ADFC Cycle Tourism Analysis

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.

Die ADFC-Travelbike-Radreisanalyse 2019

Die ADFC-Travelbike-Radreiseanalyse 2018


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.

Great Western Greenway – Economic Impact Case Study


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

A interesting study from the US. Economic Analysis of Outdoor Recreation in Washington State illustrates the significant economic impact of bicycling in Washington State.  Among the highlights is that bicycle riding is #3 in recreational activities by total expenditures with over $3.1 billion spent statewide every year.