EuroVelo the European cycle route network Tue, 03 Sep 2019 13:02:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 eurovelo_1.7.4 EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism at the world’s leading cycling trade show Wed, 28 Aug 2019 13:58:02 +0000 From 4 -7 September 2019, the annual EUROBIKE trade show will take place in Friedrichshafen, Germany.  In this year’s edition of the event, EuroVelo will join the discussions.

 EUROBIKE, the leading global trade show for the bike business, which attracts over 60,000 visitors every year, will be hosted in Friedrichshafen, Germany from 4 to 7 September. The event includes numerous talks, lectures and workshops.

Cycling Industry Leaders’ Breakfast

On Thursday 5 September from 8am to 10am, the Cycling Industry Leaders’ Breakfast will take place. At this event, Ádám Bodor, Advocacy and EuroVelo Director at the European Cyclists’ Federation, will discuss the impact of EU policies on cycling in Europe and how we can influence these policies for the benefit of cycling. The Cycling Industry Leaders’ Breakfast is a high-level networking and industry development event for Owners, Presidents, Chief Executives and senior Directors in the world’s leading cycling industry companies organised by Cycling Industries Europe, European Cyclists’ Federation, CONEBI and World Federation Sporting Goods Industries in partnership with EUROBIKE.

Registration for the event is requested. You can sign up here.

The Baltic Sea Cycle Route – Joint efforts to promote EuroVelo 10

On Friday 6 September at 11.45am, Sebastian Hugo Witzel, Project Manager of Baltic Sea Cooperation at Tourismusverband Mecklenburg-Vorpommern e.V., will give a lecture on EuroVelo 10 – Baltic Sea Cycle Route as an example of how cross-border cooperation can improve the marketing of the region and increase the sustainability of tourism in the region. Based on comprehensive empirical data for Denmark, Germany and Poland he will discuss insights for the future strategic direction of the Baltic Sea Cycle Route. EuroVelo 10 – Baltic Sea Cycle Route is being developed as part of the Biking South Baltic! project funded by Interreg South Baltic.

If you would like to meet with the representatives of EuroVelo during the EUROBIKE event please contact Jesús Freire at +32 489 20 71 30. We look forward to seeing you there!

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New data confirms popularity of EuroVelo 6 – Atlantic-Black Sea Thu, 22 Aug 2019 09:26:25 +0000 The latest user monitoring data from Austria shows that the popularity of EuroVelo 6 continues to rise. The figures are the latest confirmation that this section of the route – along the Austrian Danube Cycle Path – is one of the most popular cycle routes in Europe.

770,000 people were cycling on the Austrian stretch of the Danube Cycle Path in 2018, up 15.1% compared to the previous year. This number is based on 17 automatic counters located between Passau and Hainburg an der Donau on both sides of the river. The data was calculated by Upper Austria’s tourism organisation WGD Donau Oberösterreich Tourismus GmbH on behalf of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Donau Österreich working group, which combines five Austrian tourism and marketing organisations.

In fact, the 17 counters counted more than 2.3 million contacts, but many cyclists were passing several counters, so the number of 770,000 is based on a calculation considering counts of the same cyclists at different locations. 60% were cycling downstream, following the eastward direction of the river, while 40% were cycling upstream.

There were about 200,000 multi-day holidaymakers cycling along the Danube in Austria in 2018, 66,000 of which were travelling the entire stretch between Passau and Vienna (or Vienna and Passau), according to surveys among the cyclists. Another 256,000 were day trippers, while 314,000 people were everyday cyclists using EuroVelo 6 for trips like cycling to work or shopping.

Data provided by WGD Donau Oberösterreich Tourismus GmbH

The fact that everyday cyclists are the biggest of these three groups highlights that local residents also benefit a lot from EuroVelo routes.

The data has been collected since 2010. The following table shows the development of user numbers over the years:

Data provided by WGD Donau Oberösterreich Tourismus GmbH

The user numbers depend to some degree on the weather. For instance, the relatively rainy summer in 2017 led to a drop of cyclists compared to the previous year. The numbers also show a long-term rise of users despite the fact that the route has been an established cycle path for quite a while. It can be challenging for established routes to continue to attract cyclists in the face of rising competition.

More good data on cycle-tourist numbers in Europe stems from the ADFC in Germany: They do an analysis every year (see English summary here), referring mostly to Germany. France’s NECC Vélo & Territoires also offers good data (see key numbers here).

Together with experts from around Europe, the ECF has developed a set of common core questions for user surveys on EuroVelo routes. The aim is to collect comparable data on all the people using cycle routes in order to assess and compare the frequentation of the different routes as well as their economic impact across Europe.

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Improved monitoring shows record numbers on French EuroVelo routes Mon, 29 Jul 2019 12:18:46 +0000 New data from France shows that more cyclists are using the eight EuroVelo routes that cross the country than ever before.

Ever wondered how frequently people travel by bike on EuroVelo routes? Or what motivates them to travel on long distance cycle routes? Usage monitoring – the collection and processing of data relating to cyclists using the EuroVelo routes – gives key insights into the social, economic and environmental impact of cycling infrastructure.

While investments in infrastructure remain necessary to improve cycling conditions across Europe, there is evidently the need to evaluate the impact of such facilities in order to measure and improve their effectiveness. Cycling usage monitoring provides reliable and wide-ranging data insight on travellers and, in addition, offers evidence to convince relevant stakeholders and the public for further investments.

There exist two methods to monitor cycling usage: quantitative (automatic counters or manual counting) and qualitative (interviews and questionnaires). Both methods help to deepen the knowledge on cycling best practices and further route development (e.g. by creating new offerings).

Record numbers: EuroVelo usage monitoring in France

France has progressively been developing resources and replicable studies to assess the economic impact of cycling tourism on their national cycling network. With data gathered from over 700 automatic counters (243 of which are installed on EuroVelo routes), our French national coordinator, Vélo & Territoires, recently published record-breaking numbers of cyclists on EuroVelo routes in the country.

The map below compares the daily average of bicycle passages (per counter) on EuroVelo routes from 2017 to 2018. There is an increase for most of the routes crossing France with tremendous gains shown for EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route, EuroVelo 5 – Via Romea Francigena and EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route.

Vélo & Territoires’s 2018 annual review shows positive numbers for EuroVelo routes in France

Example of EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route

Using the existing methodology, a study was launched in 2018 to evaluate cycling usage on the French section of EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route (known as La Vélodyssée). The study consisted of on-site activities including manual counting, brief interviews and self-administered questionnaires which integrate the common core questions for user surveys on EuroVelo routes developed by the ECF together with experts from around Europe. Automatic counters were used to verify the usage count.

The field study was spread over 29 survey sites and took 75 days to complete. In total, 20,721 cyclists were counted during its duration with 9,794 interviews and questionnaires being completed (which is an answering rate of 47%). The main findings included:

  • The majority of cyclists were classified as ‘recreational’ with a preference to bike along the coastline. ‘Touring’ and ‘commuting’ cyclists preferred the mainland.
  • Roadside signing was the main navigational tool for most cyclists (only 17% used their GPS or smartphone devices to navigate).
  • Most cyclists were able to identify the main entry and exit points for public transport connections and the ‘Accueil Vélo’ national cycling service scheme. The favoured transport connection was by train.
  • Many cycling tourists prefer to travel with their families and/or partners and stay in campsites (tents or rental).
  • Overall, 81% of cyclists gave positive reviews: many stated that the infrastructure and accommodation options were good while services need improvement (like rest areas, water fountains, toilets, rental/repair points, etc.)

Key survey figures

The study reaffirms the notion that cycling tourists usually partake in multiple activities during their stay (such as shopping, visiting surrounding areas, etc.) which is great for the local economy. As a result, their direct economic impact in 2018 was measured to be €103.6 million (roughly €80,000 per km).

Carried out as part of the AtlanticOnBike project, the main objective is to replicate this pilot study on the entire EuroVelo 1 route (and indeed, elsewhere across Europe to provide comparable data). More information on the common core questions is available here.  The AtlanticOnBike project is partly funded by the Interreg programme.

To find out more about EuroVelo 1, please visit

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Cover and main images © Brieuc Letelleir/Vélo & Territoires

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Dublin plays host to 2019 EuroVelo Annual NECC/Cs meeting Thu, 04 Jul 2019 11:08:58 +0000 On Monday 24 June representatives of the National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators’ (NECC/Cs) met in Dublin, Ireland to present best practices, exchange experiences and agree on some significant steps to continue the successful development of EuroVelo across the continent.

Held a day before the kick-off to this year’s Velo-city conference, the meeting was attended by more than 30 participants from 18 different countries. The EuroVelo NECC/Cs met to discuss several pertinent EuroVelo topics at this meeting. Among the issues that were discussed, particular attention was paid to:

  • New EuroVelo Governance model and the draft EuroVelo Strategy 2020.
  • EuroVelo Workplan 2019 including progress with the EuroVelo candidate routes.
  • The ongoing EuroVelo projects supported by the EU: EuroVelo 1, Eurovelo 3, EuroVelo 8, EuroVelo 10 and the ECO-CICLE
  • The new EuroVelo Overview Map and updated Media Pack.
  • The new website launched at Velo-city 2019.

The meeting began with a warm introduction from Failte Ireland, who graciously hosted this year’s event. They showcased the great work that they are doing in developing cycling tourism through projects like Wild Atlantic Way – Ireland’s first long distance touring route that overlaps with the Irish part of EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route.

As is tradition, the host and newest NECC/Cs also presented the current status of the EuroVelo network in their countries and their efforts to implement the routes by 2020. In Ireland, new EuroVelo signs are now placed in Wexford covering a 120km stretch along EuroVelo 1 and the Dublin to Athlone section of EuroVelo 2 – Capitals Route is set to be completed this summer. In Hungary, there are several developments underway with regards to signing, marketing and communications.

In the afternoon, the participants had the choice to attend one of the three different workshops that dealt with three EuroVelo related topics:  cultural designations, usage monitoring and transnational long-term management systems. All three sessions were packed with attendees eager to deepen their knowledge on shared best practices across the network.

Afterwards, Member of European Parliament, Michael Cramer took the opportunity to look back over the development of EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail. He dwelled into the history of the route with the BerlinerMauerweg – the initial route that passed along the former wall and visiting several memorials – and shared photos from different parts of EuroVelo 13. At the end of the meeting, he was presented with a piece of EuroVelo 13 signing (baring the signatures of all NECC/Cs present) as a thank you.

In the evening, there were further opportunities for everyone to network during an informal dinner hosted at the local restaurant ‘Harbourmaster Bar & Restaurant’.

You can consult materials related to the Annual NECC/Cs Meeting (presentations, etc.) from this dedicated page.

Next year, the NECC/Cs meeting will be heading to the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana – the recently announced venue of the Velo-city 2020 conference.

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Promote your business with the EuroVelo Media Pack! Thu, 04 Jul 2019 10:40:54 +0000 The EuroVelo Media Pack comprises EuroVelo’s two primary communication and promotional tools: the EuroVelo Overview Map and the website. The launch of the brand new website and the upcoming release of the new EuroVelo Overview Map provide the ideal opportunity to advertise your business to cyclists.

Cycle tourism is booming. In total, cycle tourism has a value in excess of €44 billion, which is higher than the European cruise ship industry. When completed, the EuroVelo network alone will generate an estimated 60 million trips creating a total of €7 billion of direct revenue. The two main communication and promotional tools are the EuroVelo Overview Map and the website.

Advertising opportunities on the EuroVelo Overview Map

The EuroVelo Overview Map is a high-quality overview map (scale 1: 5,000,000) covering the entire European network, providing inspiration for people deciding where to explore next. 110,000 copies of the two last editions of the map were printed and distributed across Europe at conferences and other events (e.g. ITB Berlin, Velo-city). The new edition of the map will be available before the start of the 2020 season with an initial run of 40,000 copies, which will be distributed across Europe via 22 different National EuroVelo Coordination Centres, Conferences and fairs (ITB, Velo-city, etc.).

The new EuroVelo Overview Map comes with exciting new advertising opportunities. On the new map, it will be possible to include advertisements on both sides of the document. There are four different advertising options: Gold tier adverts, Silver tier adverts, adverts on the map side and adverts on the text side. By investing in a Gold tier advert, you become the main sponsor of the EuroVelo Overview Map. Gold tier adverts are featured prominently on the front cover of the map or next to the legend on the map side. Space is reserved on the back cover of the map for a Silver tier advert. On the map side, there is room for one advert in the upper-right corner and three adverts at the bottom of the map. On the text side of the map, general adverts or adverts linked to specific EuroVelo routes can be included.

Advertising opportunities on

The revamped website presents more advertising opportunities. You can reserve either a Home Page Box which can rotate through different images, or a Skyscraper Banner, which can either appear on the home page or on specific route/country pages.

Find out more about the EuroVelo Media Pack by downloading the PDF below.

EuroVelo Media Pack 2019 (last updated: July 2019)

For information about any of the above advertising opportunities please contact the ECF directly:

Jesús Freire
+32 4 8858 3502

Please note that the deadline for placing adverts in the new EuroVelo Overview Map is 31 August 2019.

We look forward to hearing from you!

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New look for, the number one cycling tourism site in Europe! Wed, 03 Jul 2019 14:51:52 +0000 The website is the main cycle tourism web portal in Europe, with more than 5 million page views1 million new unique visitors in 2018 and an annual average growth of 20%.  It is jam-packed with ideas and suggestions relating to cycling tourism in all European countries and each EuroVelo route. A brand-new version of this website was launched on Thursday 27th June during the Cycling Tourism Plenary session at Velo-city 2019 in Dublin.

The new website boasts significant improvements on the previous version featuring an attractive and modern designinteractive maps, a user-friendly interface that adapts to different devices, new transnational websites for EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route, EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route, and EuroVelo 10 – Baltic Sea Cyce Route, and also for the most recent route to join the network: EuroVelo 19 – Meuse Cycle Route, as well as an interactive smartphone application for EuroVelo routes 3, 5, 8, 10 & 13.

“Europe is the world’s leading cycling tourism destination and the updated website is a one-stop-shop for anyone wanting to explore the continent by bike.  The new features will make it even easier for people to find the latest information about the EuroVelo routes and we hope will inspire many more cycling adventures.”

– Ádám Bodor, EuroVelo and Advocacy Director provides a wealth of information for those wishing to cycle the 16 routes in the European cycle route network. There are interactive maps of the routes; major points of the interest; bookable offers; and links to detailed information available on a national and regional level. All texts are available in English, French and German. For more developed route websites (EuroVelos 3, 5, 6, 8, 10, 13 and 15) there is also additional information about printed material (maps and guides) and significant events located along the route.

The focus of the new improvements has been on the EuroVelo routes currently being developed in the frame of several ongoing European projects. New transnational websites have been created for these routes, providing a lot of new information.  Launch events have been taking place every day this week at the Velo-city EuroVelo booth dedicated to the release of the EuroVelo 19 – Meuse Cycle RouteEuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route (MEDCYCLETOUR Project), EuroVelo 10 – Baltic Sea Cycle Route (Biking South Baltic! Project) and EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route (COSME Project) transnational websites. In addition to the precise route itinerary and state of development, the route websites provide information on the attractions to visit along the way, bookable offers, maps and guidebooks to download or purchase and links to national/regional websites with detailed information.

Besides the website, a new EuroVelo smartphone application has been released as well. The experience-based app provides overview information, links to national/regional websites and interactive maps for EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route, EuroVelo 5 – Via Romea Francigena, EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route, EuroVelo 10 – Baltic Sea Cycle Route and EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail.  When the gamification system is put in place, users will have the possibility ‘check in’ to those points of interest that are linked to the theme of each route and share with their friends and family how much of the route they have completed.

The revamped website and new apps have been made possible thanks to the involvement of the National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators and other partners in each country, which have gathered together the latest information at a national or regional level. They were also realised thanks to the support of the MedCycleTour, Biking South Baltic! and Atlantic on Bike projects.

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Bike ride along EuroVelo 13 to mark fall of the Iron Curtain Mon, 01 Jul 2019 15:40:34 +0000 The 30th anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain was commemorated by Czech and Austrian partners with an international bicycle ride on 8-11 May 2019. The event was organised by Czech National EuroVelo Coordinator, Partnerství o.p., in collaboration with Weinviertel Tourism. The partners cycled along EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail from Znojmo (CZ) to Hohenau and Schlosshof (AT).

The ride along a completely signposted stretch of more than 250 km was part of the EU-supported project “Experience the cultural and natural heritage of the border region on the European Green Belt along the Iron Curtain by bike”, which is part of the Interreg Austria-Czech Republic programme. The main goal of the Czech-Austrian-Slovak ride was to bring together all the stakeholders from municipalities, national park administrations, destinations, travel agencies and NGOs along the route and experience the Iron Curtain by bike along the signposted EuroVelo 13 route. The ride also celebrated the acknowledgement of EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail as a certified “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe” a few days before the tour.

The more than 100 participants of the four-day international ride were led by MEP Michael Cramer, the “founding father” of the Iron Curtain Trail. The trip started in Znojmo, where victims of World War II are commemorated. It continued to the cross-border national park Podyjí/Thayatal, including meetings with official representatives of both parks. Another highlight was cycling through the wine regions of Austria’s Weinviertel and South Moravia, including Europe’s longest ”Kellergasse” in Hadres. “Kellergassen“ are picturesque lanes lined with wine cellars. The tour also included the three-layer wine cellar lane of Wilderndürnbach and medieval gem Mikulov, where the participants met the mayor.

The next stage took the participants to the natural UNESCO heritage Lednice-Valtice and floodplain forests of the Morava/March river. The tour officially ended in Slovakia at another landmark – the iconic cyclists Friendship Bridge in Děvínská Nová Ves / Schlosshof.

Daniel Mourek, EuroVelo Council Member and official guide of the Iron Curtain Trail Tour

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EuroVelo 3 partners visit the land of the vikings Mon, 03 Jun 2019 14:19:06 +0000 On April 23rd – 24th 2019, project partners from the EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route COSME project met in the small Danish town of Vejle to plan upcoming activities of the project.

The first day of the meeting focused on the progress of the project’s deliverables and the organisation of the project’s Final Conference, taking place in Santiago (Galicia, Spain) in September 2019. Partners also reviewed the new EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route transnational website and app, that are going to be launched during Velo-city 2019 in the end of June.

On the second day, the project’s partners participated in a workshop aiming to identify the activities to include in a Long-Term Management Agreement (LTMA). The purpose of the LTMA is to ensure that the partnership keeps working together in the long-term to position EuroVelo 3 as a successful transnational long-distance cycle route. Partners also discussed the Guidance document for UNESCO sites on implementing cyclist friendly measures and the ‘Changing Gear Workshop’ that was taking place the following day in Jelling, a UNESCO site with unique remains from the Danish Vikings era. You can read more about the workshop in this article.

But this meeting was also an opportunity for the project partners to discover the region of Vejle, in the southeast of the Jutland Peninsula. The town of Vejle is situated at the head of Vejle Fjord, where the Vejle River and Grejs River and their valleys converge. On the harbour of Vejle Fjord, a remarkable building has been built: the Fjordenhus (Fjord House), designed by the Danish-Icelandic architect Olafur Eliasson and his architectural team and finished in 2018. Built directly on the fjord, the Fjordenhus rises out of the water and seems ready to flow away, with its wavelike structure playing with water and light. Project partners visited this piece of art on the first evening.

The second day included the customary study trip by bike that took the partners near the Danish section of EuroVelo 3, called hærvejen or the Ox Road. This is an ancient trackway in Denmark that was used as a trade road, mostly for livestock but also for amber, fur, honey etc. Project partners did a 3-hours bike trip partly visiting this road, in a region that proved to be surprisingly hilly for Denmark, but very scenic and full of nature!

The EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route COSME project, an 18 months long initiative, aims to strengthen transnational cooperation for the development of EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route. The route takes cyclists on a 5,100 km long exploration of some of Europe’s most famous pilgrims’ routes and religious buildings.

COSME is the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and this project is funded by the European Commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME).

The ECF is one of the eight project partners from five different countries.

For more information on EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route visit our website.



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EuroVelo and cycling tourism at Velo-city 2019 Mon, 03 Jun 2019 07:38:13 +0000 The cycling world will be heading to Dublin for Velo-city 2019 on 25-28 June. EuroVelo will be there to present the latest developments in cycling tourism, including best practices from all over Europe and the launch of the brand-new EuroVelo web platform!

New websites

We have been working hard over the past few months on the development of the new website which features the complete overhaul of our current web platform. In Dublin we will be finally ready to reveal the updated sites! You can expect to see several announcements through the conference. Make sure to visit the EuroVelo booth (Stand F2/F3), each day, between 10:00-10:15 AM during the coffee break.

Plenary and parallel sessions

The first ever plenary session dedicated to cycling tourism at a Velo-city took place in Rio last year and it was such a success that it has been included in the programme again in Dublin with some high-level speakers.

Cycle Tourism plenary (5:00 PM – Thursday, 27 June – Auditorium)

Tourism is one of the world’s largest economic sectors, supporting one in 10 jobs (319 million) and generating 10.4% of GDP globally. The tourism industry nevertheless faces some significant challenges, including unstainable transportation patterns, overtourism in major destinations and seasonality, for which cycling tourism can provide solutions. This growing segment of the market already contributes over €40 billion to the European economy alone and most destinations now provide offers and products to encourage visitors to discover their attractions more sustainably by bike. Joining this plenary to discuss the role that cycling tourism and active tourism generally can play in tackling some of the challenges of the tourism sector will be Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary-General of the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO); Orla Carroll, Director of Product Development, Fáilte Ireland; Virginia Sullivan from the Adventure Cycling Association in the US; and Ádám Bodor, Director of Advocacy and EuroVelo at the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF).

As always, there will be several parallel sessions related to cycle tourism and leisure cycling as well, which will feature some of our National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators. Here we provide a little overview of some of the key sessions:

Standing out from the crowd: Developing new cycling tourism products and concepts (11:45 AM – Wed, 26 June – Hall 1)

The growth of cycling tourism over the past decade has meant that destinations have had to develop unique selling points in order to stand out in an increasingly crowded marketplace. This session will look at some of the new products that have emerged in recent years in Europe and further afield. It will also consider how to ensure that cycling tourism can be of benefit to local communities and cultural heritage sites, as well as tourists.

Cycle Tourism in Figures (14:15 PM – Thurs, 27 June – Hall 1)

As with other areas of cycling, finding data about cycling tourism can be frustratingly difficult. This makes it harder to communicate the current status of cycling tourism products; to assess the impact of new developments; and also to lobby for further investment. However, good practice examples are starting to emerge in Europe and this session will focus on some of these, whether it be collecting GIS data, quality assessments of routes or usage monitoring.

The full programme can be found here. For more information on the conference, including how to register, click here.

Not able to join us in Dublin? You can follow the event live on Twitter: @VelocitySeries and @ECFEuroVelo

Side event: National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators meeting

The Annual National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators (NECC/Cs) Meeting will be held the day before Velo-city starts on Monday 24th June.  The event is primarily aimed at the NECC/Cs but let us know if you would be interested in attending by emailing:

Velo-city 2019 will also feature a number of other side events, click here for more information.

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Zadar welcomes the MEDCYCLETOUR project partners Fri, 31 May 2019 14:22:38 +0000 The MEDCYCLETOUR project partners met in Zadar, Croatia on 4-5 April 2019 for their 5th Steering Committee meeting. It was an opportunity for the partners to share the improvements being made along their sections of EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route, particularly regarding promotion and marketing.

On the first day of the meeting partners gave their feedback on some of the main deliverables of the project, including the EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route transnational website and smartphone application, and then presented the current development of their own national or regional websites and events. Particular focus was put on the national or regional action plans, needed for the development of the Transnational Action Plan, which will serve as a basis for improving the route in the long term.

In the (very windy) evening, the partners had the opportunity to discover the beautiful Dalmatian city of Zadar, the oldest continuously inhabited city in Croatia. A guided tour of Zadar’s old town took them from the fascinating Sea Organ, an experimental musical instrument playing music by way of sea waves and tubes located underneath a set of large marble steps, past the Greeting to the Sun, made of lighting elements that produce a show of lights at night, and to the Venetian Works of Defense, included in the UNESCO’s World Heritage list. The old town of Zadar is a marvelous mix of narrow streets, antique columns, cozy cafés, churches and medieval houses in the middle of which it is a pleasure to wander. The MEDCYCLETOUR partners then experienced Dalmatian cuisine in a delicious seafood restaurant.

The second day started with a workshop in which the project partners tried to identify the activities to include in a Long-Term Management Agreement (LTMA), aiming to ensure that the partnership keeps working together in the long-term to position EuroVelo 8 as a successful transnational long-distance cycle route. Representatives from the Montenegrin government then presented their section of the route, confirming their willingness to take part in the LTMA, and representatives from the Izmir Municipality gave a presentation about the proposed extension of EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route in Turkey. The process to add this 500-km route to the EuroVelo network is currently ongoing.

Finally, partners looked at the next activities in the project, including the creation of a Charter for Sustainable and Responsible Cycling Tourism in the MED Area and a set of policies recommendations and brochures targeting decision makers. This successful meeting ended with a 22-km bike ride on EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route starting in the charming town of Nin, where the partners visited the Salt Museum. This was the occasion for the partners to admire the first EuroVelo 8 signs in Croatia and to enjoy a beautiful scenery while cycling along the coast!

MEDCYCLETOUR stands for “MEDiterranean Cycle route for sustainable coastal TOURism” and its focus is the development of the EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route. The overall objective of this project is to promote sustainable and responsible tourism in coastal areas across the Mediterranean, using the route to influence regional and national policies. The project has a budget of €2.5 million.

MECYCLETOUR is co-financed by the INTERREG MED Programme. To find out more about MEDCYCLETOUR, please visit the project’s website. And for more information about cycling along EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route, we invite you to visit


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EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail declared a Cultural Route Tue, 28 May 2019 16:10:49 +0000 Following a seven-month application process, EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail has joined the list of 38 Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe. This is the first time that an entire EuroVelo route has been recognised in this way!

The Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe aim to illustrate European memory, history and heritage and contribute to an interpretation of the diversity of present-day Europe. The Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe (EPA) decided to certify the Iron Curtain Trail on 30th April 2019. The route will receive an award to mark the certification during the “Cultural Routes Annual Advisory Forum” to be held in Sibiu, Romania from 2nd – 4th of October 2019.

ECF Advocacy and EuroVelo Director, Ádám Bodor, was thrilled with the news that the route had been recognised in this way:

“Having grown up ‘behind’ the Iron Curtain, I experienced first-hand the division of Europe.  I therefore take great pride in the role EuroVelo 13 is playing in bringing communities together along the former border.”

The Iron Curtain Trail was an initiative of Green MEP Michael Cramer who had previously established the Berlin Wall Trail in the German capital. He is still actively involved in the development of EuroVelo 13 and together with his team he worked with ECF in preparing the successful application to the EPA. Commenting on the decision, Michael Cramer said:

“I am very happy that the Iron Curtain Trail has become a certified Cultural Route of the Council of Europe. Thirty years after the fall of the Iron Curtain, it is important to keep alive the memory of the peaceful revolution that changed Europe’s history for good. The route stretches beyond the boundaries of the EU and is therefore exemplary for the all the members of the EPA.”

As the longest EuroVelo route, EuroVelo 13 retraces the ‘Iron Curtain’ that divided Europe into East and West for almost half a century. The route has something to offer every type of cycle tourist, from the vineyards in southern Czechia and northern Austria to the mountainous border of Bulgaria and Greece; and from the bustling ports of the Baltic States to the stark beauty of Lapland. It traverses many national parks with interesting flora and fauna and connects numerous unique landscapes which – because they formed part of the border areas – were hardly touched by man for many decades. The path also connects many buildings, monuments, museums and attractions which remind us of the history of the division of Europe and it’s ending via a peaceful revolution in Eastern Europe.

Stefano Dominioni, the Executive Secretary of the Enlarged Partial Agreement on Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe praised the Iron Curtain Trail for its certification as “Cultural Route of the Council of Europe” and said

“Cultural Routes such as Iron Curtain Trail, commemorating a significant moment of our shared history through slow and sustainable tourism are reminding us of the importance of working everyday on core Council of Europe values such as Democracy, the Rule of Law and Human Rights. We are delighted by the addition of Iron Curtain Trail to the Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe programme, and look forward to a fruitful collaboration. ”

Previously, parts of EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route (Route of Saint Olav Ways and Santiago de Compostela Pilgrim Routes) and EuroVelo 5 – Via Romea (Francigena) were already inducted into the list of Cultural Routes.

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Changing Gear Workshop: How to reduce the impacts of visitor travel on cultural and heritage sites? Mon, 06 May 2019 15:20:07 +0000 Over 20 people of 11 different nationalities met in Jelling, Denmark on 25 April 2019 to participate in a workshop about promoting access to cultural and heritage sites by bicycle. Organised in the frame of the ongoing EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route project, co-funded by the COSME Programme of the European Union, the workshop focused on practical measures to enable and encourage changes in visitor behaviour.

The first part of the day was dedicated to the concrete case study of the UNESCO site of Jelling, where the workshop took place, and understanding the issues that the site faces as a result of the increasing numbers of visitors. Morten Teilmann Jorgensen, Director of the Museum Kongernes Jelling, took the participants outside to see first-hand Jelling’s attractions – rune stones, burial mounds and palisade – but also the opportunities and challenges it faces in terms of visitor transportation.

After Jelling was awarded the UNESCO World Heritage status in 1994, many visitors started coming to visit the site and their number increased significantly when a new visitor exhibition was installed in 2015, attracting many schools and families. This increasing demand makes it hard to balance the need to protect and conserve the site without depriving potential visitors of the opportunity to learn from this unique reminder of the Viking era.

Most visitors currently come to Jelling by car, which creates challenges with congestion and lack of car parking, particularly during the summer months, but also negatively affects the experience for other visitors (e.g. cyclists don’t feel safe on the roads surrounding the site). Promoting bikes and public transport as ways of accessing UNESCO sites is thus a real need in places such as Jelling.

A new initiative aiming to encourage the use of the bicycle has been developed by the local public authority, Vejle Municipality, entitled: Bike Friends. It is a network of 25 businesses that have committed to help passing cyclists (e.g. if they have a flat tire, if they are looking for directions etc.).

The workshop then continued inside with the participants identifying some of the common issues experienced by cultural sites; proposing solutions and studying some other concrete cases for inspiration.

Henrik Lythe Jorgensen from Danish Cycling Tourism presented a user’s perspective with a guide on what steps a UNESCO site should take to become more bike friendly. Richard Weston from the University of Central Lancashire gave some ideas on how to enable behaviour change – setting our both the ‘carrot’ and the ‘stick’ approaches.  Some of the soft measures mentioned included a reduced price for people showing up by public transport and providing better parking facilities for bikes.

The afternoon started with 3 very diverse case studies. Jakub Ditrich presented his “Grand Tour Czech: How to reach most UNESCO sites in Czechia in just one week?”, a cycling tour he has developed in Czechia. Kris Rockele from the Antwerpen Province in Belgium presented Greenways Heritage, a COSME project that started at the same time as the EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route project and has many connections with it. One of the deliverables of this project is the creation of a GIS database to store all greenways and UNESCO sites in Europe.  Finally, Richard Weston took the stage again to present some good and bad practices from UNESCO sites’ websites. The order in which modes of transportation to access the sites are presented is very important, and UNESCO sites would do well to start with cycling!

The day closed with round tables in which the participants in the workshop, divided in smaller groups, had the opportunity to exchange on what they had learnt and to reach some conclusions. Some key findings were that there is a natural synergy between UNESCO sites and cycling as they are both about sustainability; that the UNESCO sites should assume that the majority of visitors will come by bike, and plan accordingly; and that UNESCO sites should make it easy for cyclists, give them good information and the means to overcome their fears.

This hard day of learning and thinking was then wrapped around some delicious Danish cakes.

Head over to the dedicated page for the Changing Gear Workshop for additional information including the event programme and presentations.

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Austrian stretch of EuroVelo 6 even safer and more comfortable Fri, 03 May 2019 12:18:44 +0000 A critical spot on the southern stretch of EuroVelo 6 – Atlantic-Black Sea east of Melk, Austria, has been improved, our National EuroVelo Coordinator in Austria, Radlobby, reports.

The authorities of Lower Austria, the municipality of Melk and Melk Abbey took action in autumn 2018 and had a new 400-metre-long and 2.5-metre-wide cycle path section east of Melk built at a level below the vehicle lane. The total costs of the improvement amount to around €1 million. Everyday cyclists can now also use this stretch as a cycle route between the towns on the Danube, explains Christian Höller from Radlobby in Melk.

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The Danube Cycle Route, which forms part of EuroVelo 6 – Atlantic-Black Sea, is the most frequently used tourist cycle route in Austria and one of the most popular long-distance cycle routes in Europe. Austria’s Wachau region, for instance, counts 250,000 cyclists every year.

However, there was a problematic stretch on the right bank of the river east of Melk. The route crossed the intersection of the B1/B33 highways unsecured and the cycle path, which was only 1.5 metres wide, required cyclists to dismount in oncoming traffic. This section has now been rebuilt.

Check out this video to get a better idea of this improvement.

Cover image © Friedbert Gunnar Thiess

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EuroVelo at ITB Berlin 2019 Thu, 11 Apr 2019 12:11:07 +0000 On 6-10 March, the EuroVelo team returned once again to the Messe Berlin exhibition grounds for the 2019 edition of ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show. This year was busier than normal: in addition to coordinating the Cycling Tourism Day and presenting the annual EuroVelo awards, we also launched a brand new EuroVelo route.

The ITB provides a great platform to promote cycle tourism to professionals and the general public in the world’s largest cycle tourism market. The big announcement this year was the addition of a new route to the EuroVelo network, EuroVelo 19 – Meuse Cycle Route! The route crosses France, Belgium and The Netherlands for over 1,100km while following the Meuse River from its source on the Langres plateau (northern France) to its mouth on the Dutch North Sea.

Moreover, in cooperation with ADFC (German National Cyclists’ Association), EuroVelo organised the Cycling Tourism Day on Friday, 8 March. The opening session of the Cycling Tourism Day brought together leading experts from the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF), the Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrrad-Club e.V. (ADFC), UNESCO, the Croatian National Tourism Board, Fietsplatform, the Pomorskie Region in Poland and Ruhr Tourismus from Germany for a panel discussion about the development of “scenic cycle routes and trails through natural and cultural landscapes”.

The second annual EuroVelo Awards were also part of the day’s programme with EuroVelo 6 – Atlantic-Black Sea being recognised as the ‘Most Popular EuroVelo Route’ of 2018 while, for a second year in a row, France took the honour as the ‘Most Popular Cycle Tourism Country’. The main stage session closed with a networking reception where food and drinks were served to guests at the ECF Booth in Hall 4.1.

The afternoon session comprised of several interactive presentations that highlighted the benefits of cycling for tourism destinations. The sessions showcased successful cycle tourism products at the European, national and regional levels with practical advice and best practices to attract cycle tourists. Topics ranged from how to develop a cycle-tourism product to the more innovative tourism-marketing tools to the natural, cultural and economic impact of cycle tourism for regions. The speakers that presented these case studies were experts from Via Claudia Augusta, Junta de Andalucía, Dansk Cykelturisme, Turismo de Galicia, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Tourismus, Fietsplatform and also the ADFC.

Over the weekend that followed (9-10 March), the ITB opened to the public. Our successful long-term developments such as EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtail TrailEuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route and our current on-going projects like AtlanticOnBikeBiking South Baltic!MEDCYCLETOUR and the EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route COSME project featured strongly at our booth in the Adventure Hall 4.1. It was a real success as more than a few thousand interested visitors came and used the opportunity to get valuable information about the routes.

You can find all of the individual presentations and a selection of photos at our dedicated ITB Berlin 2019 page.

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EuroVelo routes perform well in ADFC’s 20th Bicycle Travel Analysis Thu, 28 Mar 2019 14:01:03 +0000 The German Cyclists’ Association ADFC again presented its Bicycle Travel Analysis at this year’s ITB Berlin, the world’s leading tourism fair. This annual analysis provides some of the best data available on cycling tourism and is based on several polls with more than 7,500 responses from German cyclists.

EuroVelo routes were among the best-performing cycle routes according to the analysis. EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route and EuroVelo 6 – Atlantic-Black Sea were among the top five most-frequented routes. Most people cycled on the Weser Cycle Route in Germany in 2018, followed by the Elbe Cycle Route, Ruhr Valley Cycle Route, EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route, and Danube Cycle Route, which forms a large part of EuroVelo 6 – Atlantic-Black Sea.

The number of cycle tourists aged 18 or older to go on a cycling trip totalled 5.5 million people in 2018, up 27% compared to 2017 (4.3 million). The analysis defines a cycle tourist as someone who completed at least one trip with a minimum of three overnight stays in the past three years during which cycling was one of the main motives. The number of day trips by bike also rose by 35% to 258 million in 2018. Cycling tourism is expected to see further growth in the coming years.

Experiencing nature (86%), exploring unfamiliar regions (65%) and cycling along a specific route (50%) were among the most popular reasons for a cycling trip. 41.6% of the respondents planning a cycling trip in 2019 want to cycle in Europe (outside of Germany), up about 5% compared to the previous year’s plans.

A glance at the rankings shows that cyclists are becoming more experienced and demanding. They remain loyal to cycle tourism, but not necessarily to the destination. This increases the competitive pressure among routes and regions. All the more reason to demand professional quality management and creative marketing!

You will find more information about the analysis and the route and region rankings at There is also an English report.


Cover picture © ADFC/Gloger

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France and EuroVelo 6 win at the EuroVelo Cycling Tourism Awards Thu, 21 Mar 2019 08:32:29 +0000 The second annual EuroVelo Cycle Tourism Awards were held at ITB Berlin 2019 on Friday 8 March. EuroVelo 6 – Atlantic-Black Sea was recognised as the ‘Most Popular EuroVelo Route’ of 2018 while, for a second year in a row, France took the honour as the ‘Most Popular Cycle Tourism Country’.

Representatives from EuroVelo 6 and France received the trophies from Adam Bodor, ECF Advocacy and EuroVelo Director on the Main Stage in ITB Berlin’s Hall 4.1. The awards were held during the Cycling Tourism Day organised by the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) in cooperation with ADFC (German National Cyclists’ Association).

With 8 EuroVelo routes that cover more than 8,000 km, France is one of the leading cycling tourism destinations in the world.  During 2018, the French sections of received the most visitors with more than a million pageviews. It is not surprising when you consider that, as of January 2019, 85% of the planned EuroVelo routes are already implemented in the country thanks to the long and concerted effort by our French National Coordination Centre, Vélo & Territoires! They also recently revamped the France Vélo Tourism website which contains the latest news, itineraries and other resources to discover France by bike. The itineraries in France offer cyclists a varied natural and cultural heritage scattered across many beautiful regions that run along coasts, rivers, castles and vineyards. Some popular examples are La Loire à Vélo (EuroVelo 6), La Vélodyssée (EuroVelo 1), La ViaRhôna (EuroVelo 17)and parts of the Rhine Cycle Route (EuroVelo 15).

“EuroVelo routes are our champion routes in France and leading the way for our national cycle route network’s development. French local authorities are now quite broadly committed to developing cycling. It’s a long-haul process and we have a lot of catching up to do before we reach the quality of Germany or the Netherlands, but EuroVelo is a flagship for our national tourism offer and are also used for everyday mobility” Camille Thomé, Vélo & Territoires Director

The success of cycling tourism in France partly contributes to EuroVelo 6 – Atlantic – Black Sea becoming the most popular EuroVelo route last year. According to our report, EuroVelo 6 saw a record 69.2% increase in page visits from France. This meant that the route experienced an unprecedented surge of interest in comparison to last years’ winner EuroVelo 15 (which nevertheless registered an overall 5.9% increase on our platform). Known for its famous sections along the Loire and the Danube Rivers, EuroVelo 6 stretches 4,448 km across the continent from Saint-Nazaire to the Danube Delta. Capital cities, UNESCO sites, festivals or culinary delights, the cycle route has something for everybody!

“It was a great honour for the Danube Competence Centre (DCC) to accept the award in the name of all National EuroVelo Coordination Centres along the EuroVelo 6 Route. We are very pleased to learn that the tourists recognised EuroVelo 6 – Atlantic–Black Sea cycling route as the most popular in Europe. The sections of the route between Passau and Vienna annually attract more than 650.000 cycling visitors already.  However, we believe that there is lots of potential for it to grow further as the route continues to be developed.

For the DCC, as an organisation dedicated to development of tourism and cycling tourism, it is pleasure to see how overall development of the EuroVelo 6 route, brings more international cyclists into the regions of Middle and Lower Danube every year. This international award is the outcome of strong cooperation between the local partners, National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and ECF colleagues. It is through this cooperation and the realisation of projects in the field of cycling, tourism and sustainable mobility, that the route will gain even greater visibility in the future. This prize is only confirmation that we are all moving in right direction.” Vladan Krečković, Danube Competence Center Project Coordinator

The EuroVelo Cycle Tourism Awards are given each year to the most popular country and EuroVelo route based on a number of different criteria, including web statistics and a popular choice survey. The main purpose of the Awards is to celebrate the contribution made towards promoting cycling tourism by the winning candidates and to encourage others to follow in their footsteps to receive the coveted EuroVelo winners’ title and trophy.

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Open call to host the EuroVelo Conference 2020! Thu, 14 Mar 2019 16:00:41 +0000 The European Cyclists´ Federation (ECF) is looking for a city/region to host the next EuroVelo Conference in 2020. The EuroVelo Conference is the premier event of its class in Europe. Aiming to gather professionals from the (cycling) tourism sectors from around the world.

The Conference is unique in several ways and does not just attract one type of profession but brings together all those who are involved in the (cycling) tourism sector: accommodation providers, public transport companies, tour operators, universities/academia, tourism officials, public authorities, cycle tourism world and user groups. During the last EuroVelo Conference, a record number of participants (over 150), 10 exhibitors/sponsors and 40 speakers joined us in 8 plenary and parallel sessions.

Those wishing to host the EuroVelo Conference in 2020 can submit their bids by 8th July 2019 (noon CET).

All the information about the bidding process: bidding manual, calendar, contact person, etc. can be found on the dedicated web page for the EuroVelo Conference 2020 bidding process.

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Updated itineraries for EuroVelo 2 and EuroVelo 11 in Poland Thu, 28 Feb 2019 09:10:21 +0000 In December 2018, the Mazowieckie Voivoidship adopted a new land-use plan including updated itineraries for EuroVelo 2 – Capitals Route and EuroVelo 11 – East Europe Route in the region. This is very good news for EuroVelo as it shows political recognition of the European Cycle Route Network in Poland!

Mazowieckie Voivoidship is the largest of the 16 Polish provinces, and also the most populous. It is the province of the national capital Warsaw and of some other important Polish cities, such as Radom and Plock. Despite the density of population, the Mazowieckie Voivoidship is also known for its greenery: forests cover over 20% of the voivodeship’s area, where pines and oaks predominate in the regional landscape. Additionally, the Kampinos National Park located within this province is a UNESCO-designated biosphere reserve. All in all, it is a beautiful area to explore by bike on EuroVelo 2 or EuroVelo 11.

Looking to ensure effective communication of the cycling routes in the Mazowieckie Voivoidship, this new land-use plan identifies several categories in the province’s backbone network of bicycle routes: international, supra-regional and regional. The international cycling routes are formed by two routes that form part of the EuroVelo network: EuroVelo 2 – Capitals Route that crosses Poland from West to East, from the German-Polish border, through Poznań, Warsaw and towards Belarus along the Warszawa-Tłuszcz railway line, and EuroVelo 11 – East Europe Route that goes from the Polish-Lithuanian border towards the south, through Warsaw and along the Vistula River to Slovakia. We can see that the EuroVelo routes are fully included in the province’s land-use plan, creating a connection between daily bicycle commutes and longer journeys by bike.

The updated itineraries for EuroVelo 2 (going from West to East) and EuroVelo 11 (going from North to South) in the region are shown in this map, in green:

Furthermore, the plan recognizes that infrastructure is a decisive factor for tourism development, and that the EuroVelo routes play an important role in developing the tourism potential of the province. In order to ensure the construction of quality cycle routes, the plan defines some criteria that are consistent with the EuroVelo European Certification Standard, such as the separation between the bicycle path and the road in areas with a high traffic (exceeding 10,000 vehicles per day) and the conditions of acceptability of side bicycle lanes and mixed traffic.

We hope that these updated itineraries and promotion of the EuroVelo network in Poland will be followed by investing in development of the routes. This is turn will encourage more people to explore their region, their country or even to go beyond the border by bicycle. You can find out more about the Mazowieckie Voivoidship by visiting their website:

Cover photo © Zielone Mazowsze

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EuroVelo could benefit from European Parliament’s proposed €300 million budget for sustainable tourism Wed, 27 Feb 2019 14:41:28 +0000 European public and private tourism stakeholders gathered on 24 January 2019 in Brussels for the European Tourism Manifesto for Growth & Jobs meeting hosted by The European Travel Commission. The meeting was co-chaired by ECF Advocacy & EuroVelo Director Ádám Bodor.

The main topic of discussion was the EU’s multiannual financial framework (MFF) covering the 2021-2027 period. The proposed long-term budget for different areas of activity put forward by the European Parliament allocates a dedicated €300 million budget line for sustainable tourism. During the meeting, the stakeholders shared their thoughts on various EU policy priorities for the tourism sector such as digitisation, sustainability and transport connectivity and also discussed EuroVelo and cycle tourism playing a key role in the proposed investment.

Building upon the Manifesto meeting, representatives from the European Tourism Manifesto and The World Travel & Tourism Council recently presented the “Tourism Legacy Paper” to the President of the European Parliament, Antonio Tajani, who demonstrated his willingness to move towards an integrated European tourism policy.

The European Parliament’s proposal still needs to be agreed with the EU Member States before it is adopted but the support from Mr Tajani and the Parliament’s Plenary for a brand new budget line specifically for cycle tourism is encouraging.

Under the European Tourism Manifesto for Growth & Jobs, various tourism organisations from Europe are cooperating to advocate for a holistic approach to promote the competitiveness of the European tourism sector by creating a favourable environment for its growth and development and by establishing an integrated approach to the travel and tourism sector.

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Valencia region invests in EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route Tue, 26 Feb 2019 14:42:12 +0000 In January, the Government of the Autonomous Region of Valencia unveiled plans for the development of the Valencian section of EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route. Labelled by Minister Maria José Salvador as the “Mediterranean bicycle corridor”, the cycling itinerary stretches more than 500km across the three Spanish coastal provinces that form the Valencia region.

The itinerary passes through 78 local municipalities connecting different tourist attractions, such as natural parks, and touristic services, such as campsites. The planned route will not only serve the 4.9 million inhabitants of the Valencia region but also attract tourists to the area boosting the local economy and enriching the existing touristic offers.

Divided into a total of ten stages, averaging about 50km each, the Valencian government plans to invest 10.9 million euros during two phases to fully develop this part of the route. The first phase has an investment of 4.7 million euros and is expected to be operational by 2020. This phase consists of signalisation and initial development works. The second phase will focus on improving the quality of the route infrastructure and is scheduled to be completed by 2030.

The planning stage to define the itinerary was initiated in 2017 by the Valencian government in cooperation with local stakeholders such as different town councils and other associations.


The first stage (Ulldecona – Alcalà de Xivert) of the Valencian Community tour begins in the province of Castellón up till stage 3 (Castellón – Sagunto). This section stretches for nearly 150km and gives cyclists the opportunity to explore old coastal towns like Peniscola alongside nature preserves such as Serra d’Irta and Prat de Cabanes Torreblanca. The latter already has EuroVelo 8 signing in place!


The route in the province of Valencia starts at stage 3 (Castellón – Sagunto) and ends at stage 6 (Gandia – Muro d’Alcoi). The planned itinerary will connect EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route with existing low-traffic cycling networks and greenways in 35 municipalities which include points of interest like the historic city of Valencia, the Serpis river and the Albufera Natural Park. In total, four stages over a distance of 130km pass through the province.


Lastly, the province of Alicante encloses the largest part of the itinerary with 217km across five stages. Beginning with stage 6 (Gandia – Muro d’Alcoi) until the final stage (Elche – Orihuela). Some of the main attractions include the salt flats in Santa Pola and the sandy dunes of Guardamar.

The Valencian Community circuit is a great example of the environmental and cultural diversity in the region. Additionally, this section of EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route marks an important step in the development of the route in Spain. Overall, the route passes through 11 countries for a total distance of more than 6000km, almost a third of which is located along the eastern Spanish coast. The country is also crossed by two other EuroVelo routes, EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route and EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route. EuroVelo’s National Coordinator Center in Spain, Conbici, coordinates the regional development of these cycle routes.

EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route is the basis for the MEDCYCLETOUR project which aims to develop cycle tourism in the Mediterranean region by providing transnational tools to attract visitors.


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EU’s tourism conference showcases EuroVelo Fri, 15 Feb 2019 09:41:32 +0000 The European Commission is organising a “Showcase Conference on Tourism” on 19 March in Brussels. The conference aims to highlight tourism projects supported by the EU under the programme for small and medium-sized enterprises (COSME) and EuroVelo has been selected among a number of COSME funded projects to be showcased during the event.

According to ITB’s World Travel Trends Report 2018/2019, the demand for outbound tourism for Europe continues to show a yearly upwards trend. Many projects are actively promoting culture and tourism to millions of travellers across the continent, such as the on-going EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route COSME project promoting cycling tourism. Using 14 examples of good practices developed under the COSME programme, the Commission hopes to inspire more cooperation and participation from the tourism sector as well as reflect upon future EU support for tourism projects.

The conference programme consists of two main sessions, covering topics like public-private partnerships (PPPs) and innovation with the participation of the Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs and other key speakers. ECF Advocacy and EuroVelo Director, Ádám Bodor, will be participating in the panel discussions with other representatives of the selected COSME projects to underline the long-term sustainability, quality, and efficiency of the EuroVelo projects funded by COSME.  Several EuroVelo routes have benefitted from the COSME programme over the years including EuroVelo 5 – Via Romea Francigena and EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail.

The event will gather up to 200 participants, including representatives of public authorities at EU, national and regional level, European tourism sector associations and tourism and travel industry. Registrations are open via this page.

The COSME project aims to strengthen transnational cooperation for the development of EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route as a transnational and cultural long distance cycle route. The ECF is one of eight partners from six different countries.


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A year of record growth for EuroVelo websites Wed, 30 Jan 2019 09:04:53 +0000 Last year was successful for the entire EuroVelo web platform with record-breaking numbers of visitors. The ever-increasing growth of our platform reflects and supports the growth of the cycle tourism industry generally.

Record numbers

We’ve crunched the numbers and they are impressive! The number of new visitors to the EuroVelo webpages rose by more than 28% compared to last year. In total, across the entire EuroVelo web platform, our websites received 5,340,997 pageviews in 2018. This is an all-time high and a year-on-year increase of 26.5%. This substantial yearly growth reflects the fact that the EuroVelo network is the biggest cycle tourism initiative of its kind in Europe.

The way visitors arrive at our sites is equally an important factor. Over half of the traffic to our sites was delivered by organic searches. This means that most of the visitors are willingly looking for us, wanting to discover more about travelling on EuroVelo routes or cycle tourism in general. The aggregate pageview results appear even more impressive considering that EuroVelo doesn’t use paid advertising to drive traffic to any part of its platform. Additionally, the amount of traffic driven through social media channels increased by 20% over the previous year.

Aggregate results from the EuroVelo Web Statistics 2018 report

The global trend of increasing mobile usage is echoed with the record 58% rise by visitors using their smartphones and other mobile devices to browse our websites. While most users still access the sites using their desktop computers, the convenience of having an accessible and fully optimized mobile experience to access route information can’t be understated as shown by these figures. The new EuroVelo web platform, which will be formally launched soon, will further cater to our audience with a modern and easy to use mobile interface!

At the core of the EuroVelo web platform is which provides information on all the EuroVelo routes and cycle tourism generally in every European country. This website continues to perform exceptionally well as reflected by the vast amount of pageviews (4,308,858 – 33.7% increase) associated solely with 2018 marks the first time that the website broke the million unique visitors’ milestone. Among the 1,050,070 visitors, 847,560 (41.7% increase) were new visitors to the site while 202,510 (40.7% increase) were returning visitors. On average, all visitors spent around 3 minutes on the site.

Routes: EuroVelo 15 remains the most popular route

There were outstanding increases for most of our popular routes this year. However, EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route continues to be the most visited route page by a good margin with 771,105 pageviews. The pageviews for EuroVelo 6 – Atlantic – Black Sea rose 88.3% to a record amount of 267,397. The other most visited routes were EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route, EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims’ Route, EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route and EuroVelo 7 – Sun Route.

Countries: France attracts the most visitors

With 1,114,449 pageviews across 266,510 visitors, France is still the country which brings the most attention to our web platform. Although the most visited route for French visitors is also EuroVelo 15, one of the main drivers of the French visitors’ increasing numbers is EuroVelo 6. Other countries with high number of pageviews include the United Kingdom, Germany, United States (record high 80.7% increase) and Belgium.

We owe a massive thanks to our partners and other stakeholders that helped to promote the European cycle network. Most importantly, we thank our visitors who continue to take interest in EuroVelo and our network of 15 long distance cycle routes. With your support, we aim to do even bigger things in the upcoming year!

Read the full EuroVelo Web Statistics 2018 report

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Most read EuroVelo articles of 2018 Wed, 30 Jan 2019 08:50:28 +0000 During the year, we publish different types of written content on our two websites. From discovering beautiful locations along EuroVelo routes, to big annual events and plenty of inspirational travel stories about Europe or global cycle tours. Here is a list of the most read articles of 2018 for and!

6 Essential Tips to Help You Prepare for Your First Cycling Holiday

Bike touring doesn’t necessarily mean that you keep pedalling until you drop. Take some time to admire the scenery or visit the local tourist attractions. Remember that it is just like any other holiday abroad, but without having to worry about running out of gas or looking for plane tickets. In this article, we are also going to talk about how you can avoid poorly planned cycling holidays abroad by choosing well developed cycle routes such as the EuroVelo network.

Discover Greece’s beautiful EuroVelo routes

EuroVelo cycle tourists wishing to discover Greece’s rich cultural and natural heritage by bike have a new tool at hand. Find all the information in one place on, a new website launched recently by our Greek National EuroVelo Coordinator “Cities for Cycling”.

Discovery of the French and Spanish sections of EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean route

As cold, dark winter is setting in across much of Europe, maybe you are daydreaming about going to a warm place for the holidays by bike? Why don’t you go to the south of France or Spain to cycle along the EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean route? If you are not convinced yet, you will be after having watched these two videos.

MatoVeve have gone mad Around the World Trip: “It is always people we meet who make the trip special”

Veronika and Martin from Slovakia are currently cycling the EuroVelo 6 – Atlantic-Black Sea, as part of their trip around the world. We asked them a few questions about their journey. Read on to meet these curious and enthusiastic travellers!

Route 60: Cycling around Europe. Stories about all of us.

Jean Dujardin, a Journalist living in Belgium decided for the 60th birthday of the European Union, to challenge himself and go on a cycle tour across Europe and Tunisia for several months. Read on to find out more about Jean’s adventure on the EuroVelo 3, 4, 6, 7, 8 and 10.

Categories of EuroVelo routes

We have noticed that the categories of EuroVelo routes are not always perfectly clear for everyone. This article aims to clarify the meanings of the different kinds of EuroVelo routes: certified, developed, under development and at the planning stage. We hope that this summary will be useful both for professionals working with us to improve the network and for cycling tourists planning their next journey!

2018 EuroVelo Year In Review

The end of the year provided a good opportunity to look back over what has been another successful year for EuroVelo. Big events, important network developments and new members shaped 2018. This is EuroVelo’s year in review.

ITB Berlin 2018 – Cycle Tourism Day

EuroVelo attended ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel and tourism trade fair, on 7-11 March 2018. The ITB brought many innovations last year, including a Cycle Tourism Day on 9 March and the EuroVelo Cycle Tourism Awards.

Andalusia announces new EuroVelo investment

In a meeting with the ECF, the Andalusian Minister of Public Works, Transport and Housing announced a commitment to complete the EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route in Spain’s southernmost self-governing region.

Belgian Limburg to host the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018

The European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) was pleased to announce that it had selected Belgian Limburg to host the fourth edition of the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference. The premier Cycle Tourism Conference in Europe took place in Limburg (Belgium) on 26-28 September 2018.

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UNESCO Workshop: bringing cycling tourism and cultural heritage together Tue, 29 Jan 2019 10:56:37 +0000 If you want to find out how cycling tourism can benefit cultural heritage do not miss the UNESCO Workshop that is taking place in Jelling, Denmark on 25th April!  This original event will look at the challenges faced by cultural heritage sites when their numbers of visitors increase and the solutions that cycling can provide.

The growth in popularity of cultural heritage site visits has brought important revenues through entrance fees and souvenir sales, but it can also have damaging consequences, especially if a significant number of visitors arrive by private car. In order to preserve our heritage, it is vital that we find efficient ways to change visitors’ travel behaviour.

Grand-Place of Tournai, Belgium – © Denis Erroyaux/WBT

Promoting the use of the bicycle to visit cultural heritage sites is a very good way to reduce the impact of leisure travel. When more tourists travel by bike it solves parking problems, dramatically reduces pollution and improves the sites’ settings.

Here is the preliminary program of the UNESCO Workshop:

  • Identifying the issues: An overview of the problems created by increased access to cultural heritage sites, largely by private car.
  • Options for promoting behaviour change: Creating a site specific plan, and first steps in changing travel behaviour.
  • Case studies: Some examples of successful ‘travel behaviour change’ campaigns at other cultural sites.
  • Roundtable discussion: Sharing your experiences and learning from each other.
  • Conclusions: summing up the day and presentation of a new handbook that is being prepared on this topic.

All people involved in cultural heritage site management are highly welcome to attend this free event. Join us to share your expertise, discuss the challenges that you have met in the past and hear ideas that will help you to tackle this important issue!

EuroVelo 3 in Galicia, Spain – © Marc Gasch

You can already pre-register to the workshop by sending an email to with the title ‘UNESCO Workshop’.

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Major new developments along EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route: Part 2 Thu, 24 Jan 2019 16:02:44 +0000 Last month, we had started to introduce the pilots that the MEDCYCLETOUR project partners from 7 different countries (Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece and Cyprus) are conducting along EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route. We invite you now to read about two other types of pilots: the development of intermodality schemes and the setting up of national Cycling Friendly Services Networks!

In order to present you concrete examples of these pilots, we have selected specific pilot projects from two of the partners: the bike shuttles in Mantova (Italy) and the Cycling Friendly Services Network “Accueil Vélo” in the French Départment des Alpes-Maritimes. But when other project partners are working on the same types of pilots, we have made sure to mention them in this article!

Bike and Public Transport Combined Travel Services

This pilot concerns the setting up of bike shuttles between EuroVelo 8 and the main train stations, airports, hotels and restaurants close by. It has been successfully implemented since September 2018 by the Consortium of the Oltrepo Mantovano Region in Italy. This service is free for all cycle tourists who want to discover the Mantuan stretch of EuroVelo 8 and will be in place every weekend, from Friday to Sunday, until 31 December 2019.

Bike Shuttle EuroVelo 8 Bike Shuttle EuroVelo 8 – © Consorzio Oltrepo Mantovano

All cycle tourists have to do to benefit from the “EuroVelo Bike Shuttle” is to book their journey by sending an email to or giving a call to +39 33 86 21 11 51. The bike shuttle allows cyclists to reach EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route with their bicycles from Verona and Bologna airports and from the railway stations of Modena, Reggio Emilia, Parma, Ferrara, Verona, Mantua, Cremona, Casalmaggiore and Brescello. The bike shuttle can also transport people and bikes between places of interest (museums, protected areas, festivals, etc.) and accommodation facilities such as hotels, B&B, farmhouses and restaurants in the Province of Mantua.

As the Oltrepo Mantovano Region is a rural area with a lack of public transportation and of cycle tourism services in general, this action is a good way to support cycle tourism in the region of the Po River. It enables cyclists to explore EuroVelo 8 at their pace and to discover the neighbouring cities and places of interest without losing time and energy looking for transportation options.

This bike friendly service is promoted on information brochures that are distributed in accommodation facilities and attractions of the region. Here is the promotion poster providing details on the Bike Shuttle:

Mantova Bike Shuttle

The Friuli Venezia Giulia Region, Cyprus Tourism Organisation and the Regional Development Center of Koper are also implementing bike and public transport pilots. There can be some differences from one partner region to another, as in the use of trailers or bike racks, and in the possibility to coordinate this pilot with an existing bus company.

Cycling Friendly Services Networks

The last pilot included in the MEDCYCLETOUR project is the labeling of cycling friendly services along EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route in order to create a network of high-quality services. The Department of Alpes Maritimes (CD06), French partners of the project, have already proceeded to the assignment of the professional “Accueil Vélo” (Cyclists Welcome) label to hosting facilities, bicycle rental and repair shops and tourist offices along their stretch of the route.

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“Accueil Vélo” is a national mark across France that guarantees a good welcome for cyclists and high-quality services. It concerns accommodation, tourist offices, bike rental and repair companies and places to visit. Those awarded the quality mark are located no more than 5km from the cycle route (in this case EuroVelo 8!) and must respect certain conditions:

  • Offering a warm welcome specially geared to cycling tourists via a personalized welcome, information and advice (on cycling trails, weather, further “Accueil Vélo” services) and a special breakfast;
  • Offering services such as: luggage transfers, clothes washing and drying, rental of bikes and accessories, bike-cleaning;
  • Offering special facilities: a secure shelter for bikes and repair kits.

The “Accueil Vélo” services can be spotted by the official logo:

Accueil Vélo

Those accepted in the frame of the MEDCYCLETOUR project are given a name plate and promotional items to display on their communication tools. The list is available on the Alpes Maritimes’ website, and the label is promoted on many national websites, such as Tourisme & Territoires and our National Coordination Centre Vélo & Territoires. These professionals will be offered a free evaluation during the first 3 years of the pilot, in order to guarantee that cycle tourists get a high-quality welcome on EuroVelo 8.

This map shows the area covered by the network of services (in green the areas where the network is already realized or in progress, and in red the areas where the services are currently being assessed):

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And on the interactive map of the French EuroVelo 8 website you can see the distribution of cycle friendly services near the cycle route and links to their websites.

The Alpes Maritimes have coordinated the brand labelling of many cycle friendly services which were selected with the help of local tourist offices who promoted the label and prioritised the professionals corresponding to the criteria. More than 90 cycle friendly services of the region are now part of the “Accueil Vélo” family!

The Consorzio Oltrepo Mantovano (Italy) and the Regional Development Center of Koper (Slovenia) are also implementing Cycling Friendly Services Networks: the “Mantova province’s network of cycling friendly services” and the “EuroVelo 8 Friendly Services Network in Slovenia”.


We invite you to visit the MEDCYCLETOUR website to learn more about this project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, and about the pilots that were not detailed in this article. We are convinced that these investments, allowing the development not only of the route’s infrastructure but also of services intended for cycle tourists, will greatly improve EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route and make it a high-quality cycle route for the benefit of visitors and local communities alike!


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EuroVelo at ITB Berlin 2019 Thu, 24 Jan 2019 14:32:06 +0000 EuroVelo will be returning to the Messe Berlin exhibition grounds for the 2019 edition of ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show, which will be held on 6-10 March, 2019. You are all invited to visit us at the Hall 4.1 booth 256 and to join the Cycling Tourism Day!

In cooperation with ADFC (German National Cyclists’ Association), EuroVelo will organise the Cycling Tourism Day on Friday, 8 March. Among the main highlights of the event will be the EuroVelo Award, the launch of a new EuroVelo route and a networking reception with food and drinks.

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On the main stage, EuroVelo will unveil the latest route to join the EuroVelo network which will become the fourth new route to be added to the network since it was first launched back in 1995. Following this launch, leading experts from the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF), the Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrrad-Club e.V. (ADFC) as well as other cycling and tourism organisations will get together for a panel discussion about the development of “scenic cycle routes and trails through natural and cultural landscapes”. The discussion, open to the questions from the public, is a perfect opportunity to learn more about opportunities and trends in European cycle tourism. But the number of seats is limited, so make sure to arrive in time!

The last ITB also marked the inauguration of the EuroVelo Cycle Tourism Awards. At last year’s ceremony, France was recognized as the most popular cycle tourism country meanwhile EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route claimed the title of the most popular EuroVelo Route in 2017. It is going to be interesting to see who takes home the trophies at this year’s EuroVelo Awards!


With over 170,000 visitors, the ITB provides a great opportunity to meet both professional and members of the public interested in cycling tourism in Europe. Be sure to come join us at the dedicated ECF booth located in Hall 4.1b Adventure Travel (booth no. 256) where we will also welcome visitors for a networking lunch from 12:30 on Friday 8th March as part of the Cycling Tourism Day.

Later in the day, on the adventure stage, there will be several sessions showcasing successful cycle tourism products at European, national and regional levels with practical advice and best practices to attract cycle tourists. We will be particularly highlighting our successful long-term developments such as EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtail Trail, EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route and our current on-going projects like AtlanticOnBike, Biking South Baltic!, MEDCYCLETOUR and the EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route COSME project.

Make sure to follow along and join the conversation using #CyclingTourismITB on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

You can also visit our dedicated page for ITB Berlin 2019 to have a look at the full day’s programme and time slots.

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Register for the EuroVelo Route Inspectors Training Course 2019 Tue, 22 Jan 2019 14:57:07 +0000 The ECF has opened registration for the next EuroVelo Route Inspectors Training Course. The training will be based on the European Certification Standard (ECS) for long-distance cycle routes. It will take place at the ECF offices in Brussels (Belgium) on 18-19 March.

During the two-day training course, the EuroVelo team will explain how to survey bicycle routes using the comprehensive methodology and software provided by ECF. The knowledge about the ECS acquired by the participants will help them support the development of EuroVelo and other cycle routes. While the methodology is tailored to survey EuroVelo routes, it is equally useful for national or regional cycle routes, as certified EuroVelo Route Inspectors are made aware of crucial quality criteria and can identify a cycle route’s strengths and weaknesses more easily. They can help identify development needs and prioritize investments. For example, reduced travel time and safer cycling conditions are often cited as important criteria for cyclists.

During the training, participants will attend several workshops that will define the theory and practice of surveying routes. They will familiarise themselves with the ECS and the ECF app before collecting data in the field during a bicycle trip in and around Brussels. They will also learn how to correctly process this data. At the end of the training, participants will be tested on what they have learned and, on condition that they pass, will receive an official EuroVelo Route Inspectors Diploma.

Registration is open for everyone but the number of possible participants for the event is limited. Participants will be selected on a first come, first served basis, but priority will be given to the EuroVelo project partners and NECCs.

Please visit the EuroVelo Route Inspectors Training Course 2019 page to learn more about the registration process, costs and other details.


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Sustrans’ new vision for the National Cycle Network Thu, 17 Jan 2019 11:29:17 +0000 Sustrans, National EuroVelo Coordinator in the UK, ‘relaunched’ their National Cycle Network (NCN) at the end of 2018 with an ambitious Vision for the development of the network over the coming decades. The NCN, one of the original inspirations for EuroVelo, is over 23 years old now and so Sustrans first decided to get a better understanding of the current status of the network.  During a two-year-long audit, they reviewed the condition of 26,675 km and now have a complete overview of what needs to be improved and where.


Article based on Sustrans’ Special Newsletter about the NCN’s review

All the EuroVelo routes that pass though the UK are located on the NCN, so the planned improvements also benefit the European cycle route network too! The longest one is EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route which passes through all four countries that make up the UK: Scotland, Northern Ireland, Wales and England.  It includes Devon Coast to Coast route (National Route 27), the Celtic Trail along the Welsh coast and the Lochs and Glens route crossing Loch Lomond National Park and Cairngorms National Park in Scotland.  EuroVelo 12 – North Sea Cycle Route also has an extensive section in the UK, for most of its route following National Route 1 – a route exploring the UK’s east coast.

EuroVelo 2 – Capitals Route travels through the heart of Wales along the Lôn Las Cymru (National Route 8), taking in Snowdonia National Park and Brecon Beacons National Park, then visits the grand cities of Bristol and Bath and joins the scenic Kennet and Avon Cycle Route (National Route 4) and the Thames Valley Route on its way to London. Finally, EuroVelo 5 – Via Romea Francigena has its first little stretch in the UK, starting at the historic City of Canterbury and going on along pleasant Kentish Lanes to the coast at Dover.

In November 2018, after completing their analysis (you can access the full report here), Sustrans announced a new vision for the National Cycle Network: a UK-wide network of traffic-free walking and cycling paths, connecting cities, towns and countryside and loved by the communities they serve. This vision – “Paths for everyone” – has two priorities: to make the National Cycle Network safer and more accessible for everyone (including wheelchair users and horse riders, who use the Network as well). Currently, 12,225 km of the Network are of poor quality, as shown in the diagram below, mainly because significant amounts of the network are on roads. But Sustrans has concrete plans to improve those parts.


To deliver this vision, Sustrans will continue to work collaboratively with partners and stakeholders, according to carefully planned action plans. As custodian of the network, Sustrans will lead across five themes:


The objective is thus to bring every kilometre of the network to a new quality standard by 2040. This standard will ensure path widths and surfaces are built for everyone, including those who face mobility challenges. A set of signing and wayfinding guidelines will also be developed in 2019 to set out how the Network should be signed and to achieve a consistent user experience on the Network. Find out more about Sustrans’ new quality standard here!

By 2040, Sustrans foresees that 34% of the Network will be on quiet ways and 66% on traffic-free paths. This means finding alternative ways for the 67% of the network currently on road. To make that possible, Sustrans has developed seven action plans with input from key stakeholders including local authorities, landowners and volunteers. The action plans show the current condition of the Network and the issues that need to be addressed in each area in order to improve the Network. To demonstrate immediate change, 50 activation projects will be delivered across the UK by 2023! See the action plans in detail here.

It is very high-quality work by ECF’s UK member. It includes walking and cycling, and therefore has implications for health and public health, transport, and more in addition to the important benefits for sustainable tourism”,
said Dr Rzewnicki, ECF Senior Health Expert.

Of course, these ambitious plans will require significant long-term investment. But Sustrans’ report also shows that the benefits will far outweigh the cost. With about 4.4 million users, £88 million saved through reduced road congestion and £2.5 billion contributed to local economies through leisure and tourism in 2017, there is no doubt that the National Cycle Network has a lot of positive impact on the economy. It passes through a diverse range of communities, including hundreds of local organisations, schools, employers, local businesses and community groups, as such, it is vital to the success of national and local government strategies to increase walking and cycling.


The “Paths for everyone” vision indicates that, even after 23 years, the National Cycle Network still has its best years ahead of it.  ECF supports this ambitious vision and wishes Sustrans well in implementing it over the coming decades!


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Major new developments along EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route: Part 1 Tue, 18 Dec 2018 09:04:40 +0000 In the frame of the MEDCYCLETOUR (EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route) project, the partners from 7 different countries (Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece and Cyprus) are improving their sections of the route by conducting four types of pilots. Discover two of them in this article!

These pilots include new signing with easily recognizable EuroVelo route information panels, the installation of counters along the route to monitor its use by cyclists and pedestrians, the organization of surveys to get some insights on how cyclists use the route and if they see any need for improvements, the development of intermodality schemes allowing cyclists to take their bike on busses or trains, and the setting up of national Cycling Friendly Services Networks including accommodation, tourist centers, restaurants, etc.

Ostiglia - Po river Ostiglia – Po River © Consorzio Oltrepo Mantovano

Some of those pilots have already been implemented in 2018, while others are currently being implemented and will be ready in the course of 2019. In this article, we will look at concrete examples for two of them: the signing in Andalusia and the counters and surveys in Catalonia. Make sure to stay tuned in January to learn about the other two pilots, namely the bike shuttles in Mantova (Italy) and the Cycling Friendly Services Network “Accueil Vélo” that has been set up in the French department of Alpes-Maritimes!

Signalization of EuroVelo routes


The Agency of Public Works of the Andalusian Government has designed a specific EuroVelo signalization to sign two sections of EuroVelo 8: one in Cadiz (72 km from Facinas to Torreguadiaro) and one in Almeria (94 km from Almería City to Carboneras). In total, 166 km of EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route are thus being signed in Andalusia! The sections are displayed on the following maps:



Depending on the types of trails and the existing signalisation, the approach to signing can vary. When possible, existing signs have been retrofitted with EuroVelo route information panels. But on traffic-free roads and cycle paths, new signs have been added. Here are the different kinds of signalisation that have been implemented:

  • Directional signs (as the tracks are bidirectional and signed in both directions);
  • Destination signs (indicating the next big city);EV8_sign2
  • Information on attractions and services situated not far from the route, including their direction and distance;
  • Information boards with maps and detailed information on EuroVelo generally and EuroVelo 8 in particular;EV8_signposting
  • QR codes to access further information.

Moreover, wooden detailed information panels about EuroVelo 8, in Spanish and English, can be found in National Parks:

If you still haven’t cycled the amazing trail of EuroVelo 8 in Andalusia, now is the time to go and follow the brand-new signing! The signing pilot is a popular one and it also being implemented by 6 other project partners: the Alpes Maritimes Department (France), the Croatian National Tourism Board, the Region of Western Greece, the Catalonia Region (Spain), the Consorzio Oltrepo Mantovano (Italy) and Cyprus Tourism Organisation.

Counters and Surveys along EuroVelo routes

Let us now turn to the counters and surveys pilot. We will look at the work done by the Catalonia Region in Spain. The Directorate General for Tourism of the Generalitat of Catalonia, with the help of the Girona Greenways Consortium (Consorci de les vies verdes), have installed two types of eco-counters along the route in Girona: a “PYRO-Box – People Counter” and a “MULTI Nature – Multi-Use Counter”. The objective is to acquire data on the kinds of users who take the EuroVelo 8 in Girona. Using this data will hopefully help influence the adoption of policies in favor of sustainable tourism in the region. The map below shows the situation of these counters:

Situació comptadors

The PYRO-Box Counter
The PYRO-Box Counter

The first model is a mobile and bidirectional counter allowing to count both cyclists and pedestrians passing close by, without having to differentiate between them. It uses a PYRO sensor that counts people passing within its range by detecting their body temperature. The fact that this counter is mobile will allow to move it depending on current interests.

The second model does differentiate between cyclists and pedestrians by using two types of sensors: the PYRO one (as in the PYRO-Box Counter) and a ZELT sensor with an inductive loop, which is installed under the surface of the trail. The inductive loop can detect bicycles passing or arriving at a certain point via the electric currents induced in the wire loops. This counter is thus a fixed one and is located in Caldes the Malavella. It has a GCM connection allowing AOPJA Andalusia to download the data from their office. It is also bidirectional and able to measure the direction of travel. See in the following pictures what the MULTI Nature Counter looks like:


The Catalonia Region will also organise a survey with 600 interviews of 10 to 18 questions. The data collection will take place for 8 to 12 months and then be subject to data analysis in order to extract information on the profile and needs of the route’s users and their economic impact on the local community.

But Catalonia is not the only project partners to install counters along the route and to run survey among cycle tourists. AOPJA Andalusia, the Region of Friuli Venezia Giulia (Italy), the Alpes Maritimes Department (France) and the Regional Development Center of Koper (Slovenia) also participate in this pilot.

We invite you to visit the MEDCYCLETOUR website to learn more about this project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund, and about the pilots that were not detailed in this article. Next month we will disclose the stories of the Bike Shuttle organised by the Consorzio Oltrepo Mantovano and of the Cycling Friendly Services “Accueil Vélo” in the Department of Alpes Maritimes! We are convinced that these investments, allowing the development not only of the route’s infrastructure but also of services intended for cycle tourists, will greatly improve EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route and make it a high-quality cycle route!



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Transnational agreement renewed for the promotion of EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route Mon, 17 Dec 2018 08:25:29 +0000 Frankfurt was the host destination for the annual Steering Committee meeting that took place on 16 November between partners of the EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route Long Term Management Agreement (LTMA).

As a part of the EU-funded Demarrage Project, eighteen partners from Germany, France, Switzerland and the Netherlands have cooperated closely to make EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route the first long distance cycle route to be certified in line with a new European standard. This transnational cooperation is one of the keys to the success of this route.

After the completion of the project in 2014, partners along the route established an LTMA to continue their successful transnational cooperation and the partners agreed on appointing ECF as a secretariat. The objectives of the LTMA is to guarantee the competitiveness of the route as a top cycle tourism product by undertaking a number of transnational promotional activities (including web, press and social media, brochures, ITB trade show). Other key objectives include route infrastructure and transnational signposting coordination. After a period of 3 years (2015 – 2017), the partners agreed to extend the LTMA for at least 3 more years (2018 – 2020).

EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route is one of the most successful long distance cycle routes in Europe. According to our statistics, it attracts the highest number of visitors on the EuroVelo website. Moreover, the ADFC ranked it the 6th most popular long-distance cycle route in their 2018 Bicycle Travel Analysis.

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2018 EuroVelo Year In Review Fri, 14 Dec 2018 08:58:15 +0000 The end of the year is fast approaching, which provides a good opportunity to look back over what has been a successful year for EuroVelo. Big events, important network developments and new members shaped 2018. This is EuroVelo’s year in review.

New members and projects

At the beginning of this year, EuroVelo welcomed three new members to its network of National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators (NECC/Cs). With these new “recruits”, EuroVelo will improve the coordination, implementation, operation and quality assurance of EuroVelo routes in the three countries. In Wallonia and Brussels, the NECC role has been taken on by Pro Velo, in Greece the new NEC is Cities for cycling while in Hungary, the Ministry of National Development, Cycling Coordination Department will be the new NECC.

Two big initiatives were started this year. First, the COSME project related to EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route kicked off in April. The project aims to strengthen transnational cooperation in the development of EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route as a transnational and cultural long-distance cycle route. This was closely followed by the launch of the French part of EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route in June. The newly appointed president of the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF), Christophe Najdovski, made his first public appearance during the launch event.

Second, the ECO-CICLE project got underway in October with its first study visit and pilot project being implemented in Spain. The project aims to improve natural and cultural heritage policies by creating a European network for the promotion of cycle tourism in natural areas. The aim is to make bicycle the official sustainable transport to access natural heritage sites. This project will explore the possibility of creating a connection between EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route in Algarve and EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route in Cadiz through the natural area of Doñana in Andalusia.

Growth of EuroVelo Management Team

The success of the EuroVelo network in the past year has also been reflected by the three new additions to the EuroVelo Management Team. In December last year, we welcomed Ernst Fahrenkrug as the new EuroVelo and Communications Assistant. Previously, he worked nine years as a senior copy editor and translator at a major media-monitoring agency. Likewise, in early 2018, Goran Lepen joined as EuroVelo’s Project Officer. He brings over six years of experience in managing EU funded projects. The newest member of our team, Florence Grégoire, will serve in the capacity of EuroVelo Communications Assistant. She was already interning with ECF and has previous experience in communications. We are excited at the growth of the team and we look forward to seeing the new members bring their experiences to the success of the network!

Developments and on-going projects

Throughout the year, several developments took place across the network. In France, over 30 public actors met in April to launch a steering committee for EuroVelo 4 – Central Europe Route that will focus on Normandy (where 85% of the itinerary is developed), Hauts-de-France (where it is developed at 45%) and the overall touristic identity of the route. In Ireland, the North West Greenway Network Project consists of three routes to be completed by 2022. Their development will result in a greenway network of approximately 126.5km in the North West. These routes will complement existing cycleways in the area, among which EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route. Successful consultation events were held in May and June for routes 1 and 2 amassing feedback from the community for the construction of the greenways. In Poland, the agreement for the construction of the Blue Velo Bicycle Route was signed in April during the Bicycle Metropolitan Forum being held in Wrocław. This 1000 km long route will follow the course of the Oder River from its source in the Czech Republic to its mouth at the Baltic coast and will form part of the EuroVelo 9 – Baltic-Adriatic.

There were 3 major ongoing projects during the year. In October, key meetings were held for Biking South Baltic! and AtlanticOnBike as well as the MEDCYCLETOUR project where partners reported their progress on similar pilot project preparations and implementations including signposting, bike+public transport, cycle friendly services and counter pilots. For instance, the counting system being implemented in Catalonia that registers the number of cyclists passing through on the route.

Big conferences

Back in June, Velo-city 2018 kicked off under the sunny skies of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. At this year’s conference, each of the four days featured a session on EuroVelo and/or cycle tourism. The other big event of the year was the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018. With more than 150 participants, was our biggest and most successful conference to date! Tourism and cycle tourism professionals from 30 different countries gathered in Limburg on 26-28 September for several plenary and parallel sessions. The programme included discussions on unique experiences and innovative ideas to improve cycle tourism in Europe. Photos taken during the conference can be found here. The EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conferences have been held every other year since 2012 and the next one is planned for 2020.

The EuroVelo team wishes you an excellent end of the year and hopes to see even more people cycling, more often, on EuroVelo routes in 2019. Be sure to check out what we have already planned for next year!

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EuroVelo Dates For Your Diary 2019 Tue, 11 Dec 2018 10:03:34 +0000 As the year comes to an end, the European cycle route network is truly alive and kicking, ready to build on its successes for 2019! Here are some special dates to look forward to for next year.

6-10 March – ITB Berlin

The 2019 edition of ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show, will be held once again at the Messe Berlin exhibition grounds on 6-10 March, 2019. In cooperation with ADFC (German National Cyclists’ Association), the ECF and EuroVelo will organise a Cycling Tourism Day on Friday, 8 March. Several panel discussions will be held on different occasions during the day about cycling and tourism topics.

The 2018 trade show marked the inauguration of the EuroVelo Cycle Tourism Awards. At last year’s ceremony, France was recognized as the most popular cycle tourism country meanwhile EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route claimed the title of the most popular EuroVelo Route in 2017.  It is going to be interesting to see who takes home the trophies this time!.

The ITB provides a great opportunity to meet both professional and members of the public interested in cycling tourism in Europe. Be sure to come join us at the ECF stand located in hall 4.1b Adventure Travel (booth no. 256) where we will also welcome visitors for a networking lunch from 12:30 on Friday 8th March as part of the Cycling Tourism Day.

18-19 March – European Certification Standard Training

The EuroVelo Route Inspectors Training Course, based on the European Certification Standard (ECS) for long distance cycle routes, will take place between 18th and 19th March at the ECF offices in Brussels (Belgium). The main purpose of the ECS is to officially certify EuroVelo routes such as the highly developed (and first fully certified route), EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route. The tool can also be used to survey and assess national route quality in terms of the level of development, safety and services provided.

The course consists of a 2-day training session on how to survey bicycle routes using the comprehensive methodology and software provided by ECF. While the course is tailored to survey EuroVelo routes, it is equally useful for national or regional cycle routes. Participants will be tested on what they have learned and, on condition that they pass, will receive an official EuroVelo Route Inspectors Diploma.

More information on how to register for the training will be provided at a later date.

25 April – UNESCO World Heritage and other Cultural Sites Workshop

On 25 April, EuroVelo will organise a workshop that will look at tackling the challenge of increasing demand for visits to cultural heritage sites by means of cars. The main issue stems from the fact that when too many visitors use their private cars to travel to these sites, they cause not only parking and space complications but also harm the location of the site itself. Therefore, the aim of the workshop is to identify, discuss and promote a behavioural change on this matter.

The workshop will be held at the World Heritage Site of Jelling in Kongernes Jelling, Denmark, known as the Home of the Viking Kings. This unique location allows visitors to explore Viking history and monuments in a truly immersive and interactive way and EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route passes by the front door!

Check out the event flyer for more info!

24 June – Annual NECC/Cs Meeting

Next year’s Annual National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators (NECC/Cs) Meeting will place on the 24 June in Dublin, Republic of Ireland just a day before ECF’s premier international cycling conference Velo-city 2019 kicks off in the same city.

The annual meeting is an opportunity for the National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators (NECC/Cs) to network with each other and share experiences and best practices. It also allows the ECF to present the latest developments in the central coordination of the EuroVelo network. The last meeting took place in Hasselt back in September 2018.

25-28 June – Velo-city 2019 Dublin

After more than a decade, Velo-city will be returning to Dublin on 25-28 June 2019. The city successfully hosted the conference back in 2005. The theme for next year’s Velo-City is ‘Cycling for the Ages’. This theme focuses on encouraging cycling by people of all ages and abilities, young and old, male and female as part of their daily transport and recreation. EuroVelo, route network development and cycling tourism are likely to feature strongly in the programme as in previous years.

Velo-city 2019 will be held in the Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) located on the River Liffey. For more information please visit the official website.

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COSME project meeting concludes in the heart of France Wed, 28 Nov 2018 11:04:55 +0000 All of the 8 regional project partners cooperating on the development of EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route as a transnational and cultural long-distance cycle route gathered in Paris on 6-7 November for their second project meeting.

The COSME project, an 18 months long initiative, aims to strengthen transnational cooperation for the development of EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route. The route takes cyclists on a 5,100 km long exploration of Europe’s famous pilgrims’ routes and religious buildings.

The main topics discussed during the meeting were:

  • Updating of the national action plans by each of the partners.
  • Presentation of ECF’s new web development to update the look of the current EuroVelo route websites and the methodology to develop tourist packages along the route.
  • Progress report on partners’ promotional activities (photoshoot, etc.)
  • Announcement of a workshop in collaboration with UNESCO and the cultural sites in Vejle (Denmark) on April 25, 2019.
  • Final Conference that will take place in Santiago on September 2019.

COSME is the EU programme for the Competitiveness of Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) and this project is funded by the European Commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME).

The ECF is one of the eight project partners from five different countries.

For more information on EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route visit our website.


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Andalusia hosts the 25th Anniversary of Spanish Greenways Tue, 27 Nov 2018 15:39:49 +0000 Various national and international cycle tourism experts gathered in Seville on the 22-23 October 2018 for the “Conference 25th Anniversary Spanish Greenways”. The ECF was represented by EuroVelo’s Business Development Officer, Jesus Freire, who presented under the slogan of “Creando redes, uniendo fuerzas” (literally: “creating networks, uniting forces”) emphasizing the cooperation between Greenways (Vías Verdes) and EuroVelo as the basis of a future National Cycle Route Network and the results of numerous EuroVelo related projects that are being implemented in Spain.

Launched in 1993, the Spanish Greenways Programme aims to convert unused railway tracks into usable walking and cycling routes throughout the country. Since starting this project, over 2700 km of railway lines have been transformed into 125 greenways with itineraries covering the beautiful and diverse landscapes of the country. These greenways let travelers discover the rich Spanish cultural heritage in a healthy and sustainable way. All the greenways are marked by unique Vías Verdes signage and branding to provide route safety and tourist information.

In 1998, the influence of the programme reached beyond the Spanish boundaries with the formation of the European Greenways Association in Namur. The purpose of the EGWA is to promote and encourage the creation of similar greenways throughout the European continent. In June, they celebrated their 20th anniversary by organising an ‘experience exchange symposium’ featuring a gala evening and a visit by bike in Namur.

The conference was opened with a presentation by the Ministry of Transport and Housing of Andalusia, Felipe López García. This Spanish region is a member of ECF’s Cities and Regions for Cyclists network which aims to establish a global network of cities which are working to promote bicycle use in urban areas and encourage the exchange of knowledge. Among the attendees were numerous other representatives of national and regional bodies of Spain such as the Ministry of Industry, Commerce and Tourism, the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food and the Government of Navarre contributing with enthusiasm to the Greenways programme.

The conference closed with the signing of the “Declaration of Seville” outlining the joint initiatives required to keep developing the Spanish Greenways Network such as, for instance, through integration of the greenways and the EuroVelo network into a National Cycle Route Network.

Back in 2017, all the Spanish regions with EuroVelo routes gathered together to establish a National EuroVelo Coordination Centre for Spain. ConBici was appointed as the secretariat of this platform to work on EuroVelo and cycle tourism at national level.

It is evident that cycling tourism is booming in Spain. Public and private stakeholders are more aware of it than ever. The participants of the conference agreed on working at the national level on defining a National Cycle Route Network to help cycling become a more important part of the tourism sector.

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Algarve’s shoreline plays host to AtlanticOnBike partners’ meeting Tue, 27 Nov 2018 10:39:57 +0000 The partners of the AtlanticOnBike project came together on 16-18 October in Faro, Portugal to report on their activities in their 3rd meeting. The AtlanticOnBike is a three-year project that aims to develop and promote a sustainable European tourism destination based on one of Europe’s most fascinating long-distance cycle routes, the EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route. The project intends to stimulate local economic growth by developing car free cycle tourism and attracting new visitors to the Atlantic Coast Area.

20 partners from seven different countries (Norway, UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal and Belgium) gathered to discuss their current progress on project activities. The meeting agenda centered around the European Cyclists’ Federation’s coordinated effort to survey the route according the European Certification Standard (ECS) which is used to certify EuroVelo routes and, additionally, serves as a quality assessment tool for national or regional routes.

Among the presentations by the ECF to the different partners was the new EuroVelo web development platform, which will refresh the look of the current EuroVelo route websites and further integrate them in the backend. Moreover, ECF also discussed the organized site visit to the route between Faro and the Spanish border. The key takeaway was that the Portuguese authorities plan to invest on the development of the route in the southern Algarve region. The route currently has areas offering great landscapes and traffic free segments (Eco-Vias), public roads with low traffic and great public transport connection (by train) along the section. However, there are some segments with heavy traffic and high speed that need to be addressed.

The project partners are scheduled to meet on 21-23 May next year in Norway to further discuss their activities.

According to statistics, EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route classifies as one of the favorite routes of the EuroVelo network and ranks as the 4th most visited route webpage. The continued good work from national and regional partners are the key to improving this transnational cooperation with plans to sign an eventual Long-Term Management Agreement (LTMA) for the route.

The project is co-funded by the EU Atlantic Area Interreg Programme. For more information about EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route visit

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Partners along the Mediterranean MEDCYCLETOUR meet in Izola Mon, 26 Nov 2018 15:46:22 +0000 The partners of the MEDCYCLETOUR project met on 4-5 October in Izola, Slovenia for their 4th steering committee meeting. MEDCYCLETOUR stands for “MEDiterranean Cycle route for sustainable coastal TOURism” and its focus is the development of the EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route. The overall objective of this project is to promote sustainable and responsible tourism in coastal areas across the Mediterranean, using the route to influence regional and national policies.

The main points addressed during the meeting included the ECF’s coordination of the route survey according to European Certification Standard (ECS), which is set to be completed. The ECS is used to certify EuroVelo routes and, furthermore, serves as a quality assessment tool for national or regional routes. Additionally, the various partners provided progress updates on their activities and continue to work on their national and regional action plans. ECF also presented its new web development platform, which will refresh the look of current EuroVelo route websites and further integrate them in the backend, alongside, future actions covering different promotional activities such as attending the leading tourism travel show, the ITB in Berlin next year, the promotional brochure, etc.

Moreover, the partners presented the implementation of pilot projects along the route. The different types of pilots consist of EuroVelo route signage, usage monitoring systems and cycle friendly services. For instance, the counting system being implemented in Catalonia that registers the number of cyclists passing through on the route.

The ECF is one of 10 partners from 7 different countries. The project also includes 8 associated partners. The project has a budget of over €2.5 million and it will finish in the very beginning of 2020 with an international conference and the signing of a Long-Term Management Agreement (LTMA) for the EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route.

MECYCLETOUR is co-financed by the INTERREG MED Programme. To find out more about the MedCycleTour, please visit the project’s website.

And for more information about cycling along EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route, please visit our website.


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Successful kick-off for a sustainable project! Thu, 25 Oct 2018 13:56:06 +0000 The kick-off meeting of the ECO-CICLE project started on Monday 8 October in Huelva, Spain, and two members of the EuroVelo Management team went to this beautiful Andalusian region to take part. Read this short report to discover how this project, which aims to make bicycle the official sustainable transport to access natural heritage, was officially launched!

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The County Council of Huelva, lead partner in the project, organized the first day as a study-visit for the participants to two locations. The first was the construction site of the pilot project along the Rio Tinto. In this pilot project, the first 5km of the old railroad tracks will be transformed into a cycling route, and through the following years, a cycling route of approximately 100km should be built along the whole length of the river Rio Tinto. More information about this fascinating greenway is available here.

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After lunch, the participants visited Puerto de la Laja on the Spanish-Portuguese border (see the exact location), where they had the opportunity to try e-bikes and ride some 10km on the Via Verde del Bajo Guadiana. Here is a short video footage of what it looked like:

On the second day, the County Council of Huelva organized an opening conference with a keynote presentation from the local sport icon: Pedro Delgado. He is a former professional road bicycle racer from Segovia. The peak of his career was when he won the Tour de France in 1988, and the Vuelta a España in 1985 and 1989. Pedro Delgado works now as a sports commentator for Televisión Española during important cycling events.


Jesus Freire, Business Development Officer at ECF and member of the EuroVelo team, held a presentation on the topic of Cycle Tourism. A presentation on the topic of the AtlanticOnBike project (EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route) was also held, addressing the EuroVelo 1 route which passes through the area of Huelva. The ECO-CICLE project will indeed allow to create a connection between EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route in Algarve and EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route in Cadiz through the natural area of Doñana in Andalusia.


The third and fourth days were for the project partners only and were dedicated to address and plan operational topics of the ECO-CICLE project. The lead partner and all of the project partners agreed that the next project meeting will be held in April 2019, in the Polish city of Torun.

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Indian summer on Danish coast for Biking South Baltic! partners Fri, 19 Oct 2018 13:30:39 +0000 In early October, the partners in the Biking South Baltic! project met in autumnal sunshine in Rødvig on Denmark’s Baltic Sea coast to catch up on the latest activities and to plan for the remaining 14 months of the project. 

There was much to catch up on since the previous meeting in Kołobrzegin, Poland:

  • The initial findings of the surveys of users that had been undertaken over the summer months in Poland, Denmark and Germany. The questions were based on a common methodology that has been developed together with partners in the MEDCYCLETOUR (EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route) and AtlanticOnBike (EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route) projects.  A full report will be published over the coming months.
  • A database of tourism attractions along the section of the route covered by the project has been developed for tourism professionals.
  • Preparations continue on a long-term strategy of route development, visualisation and promotion. This will incorporate the findings of the user surveys and the route surveys and action plans that were produced by each of the partners earlier in the project.

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There is still lots to be done over the coming year, including:

  • Further cooperation with tour operators (package preparation)
  • Study tours – planned dates and potential participants
  • Presentation at the ITB Berlin 2019 and Velo-city 2019 in Dublin.
  • Promotion of the BikingSouthBaltic! ‘movie’, which is nearing completion
  • Launch of the new EuroVelo 10 – Baltic Sea Cycle Route transnational website.

The project partners were joined by representatives of Kłajpeda Municipality in Lithuania (an associated partner of the project), who were keen to find out more information about the activities in the project and the possibilities for closer cooperation.

The meeting took place in the beautiful Rødvig Kro & Badehotel, which is located directly on the route of EuroVelo 10 – Baltic Sea Cycle Route and has been certified as being cyclist-friendly by the ADFC’s Bett+Bike system.


Following the meeting the participants had the opportunity to cycle some of the local sections of the route to visit Stevns Klint, which has recently been added to the UNESCO list of world heritage sites.  This geological site comprises a 15 km-long fossil-rich coastal cliff, offering exceptional evidence of the impact of the Chicxulub meteorite that crashed into the planet at the end of the Cretaceous, about 65 million years ago. Plans are underway to make the site more accessible by bike and take advantage of the fact that an international cycle route passes its entrance.


Learn more about the Biking South Baltic! project here.

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Last speakers of the afternoon plenary – Adam Bodor & Josep Rodriguez Thu, 04 Oct 2018 10:56:18 +0000 The afternoon plenary continued with presentations from Adam Bodor, Advocacy and EuroVelo director at the European Cyclists’ Federation, and Josep Rodriguez, European projects manager at the Barcelona Provincial Council. They focused on cycle tourism at the European and regional levels.

Adam Bodor first presented tourism in Europe as a booming business, and cycling tourism as a truly sustainable success story. He presented the main challenges that Europe is currently facing: economic, societal and environmental challenges.

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“It is a big question, where Europe is going.”

But cycling tourism is already among the big players within the tourism industry. The cycling tourism industry is worth 44 billion euros, which is even more than the cruising industry, worth 39.4 billion euros. Moreover, cycling tourism provides tools to help with the three main challenges mentioned above: it helps local SMEs, helps to create local employment and local tax incomes, reduces CO2 emissions and deconcentrates the tourism flow.

Adam then showed the “wheel of cycle tourism development” to explain the different factors involved in the development of cycle tourism. In particular, it is very important to bring proper infrastructure in order to attract cycle tourists, especially the more demanding ones such as families and elderly people. This requires investment.

Adam also gave two good examples among the EuroVelo routes: the new EuroVelo 19 – Meuse Cycle Route that crosses Limburg and is currently being signposted, and EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route for which more investment is leading to better development of the route.

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Last speaker of the day, Josep Rodriguez presented the South of Europe point of view, and especially the field of cycle tourism in Catalonia. First, he presented NECSTour, the Network of European Regions for a Sustainable and Competitive Tourism.

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He then talked about EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route, financed by the MEDCycleTour Interreg project, which goes through Catalonia. This route has a historical meaning in Catalonia, as it follows the route that the Romans took, a long time ago. A part of EuroVelo 8 is called Pirinexus in Catalonia. It is a transborder route that connects the province of Girona in Catalonia, with the Vallespir, in the Northern Catalonia, territory of France.

Josep also presented some other long-distance routes in Catalonia, which can be accessed from EuroVelo 8: Via InterCatalunya and Via Verde de la Val de Zafan. Another new project is the Blue Ways (#viesblaves). It is a network of cycle paths that will go along the main rivers in the province.

Josep concluded: “Many times, the bike is an excuse. What people want is to arrive at a nice destination, to taste local gastronomy, etc. This is a good opportunity for us.”

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At the end of the session, Marcio Deslandes, Velo-city director at the ECF, came on stage to invite all participants of the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference to attend Velo-city 2019 in Dublin. Abstract submission is open until 22 October 2018 for Velo-city 2019.

Watch the trailer of Velo-city 2019 here to give you a foretaste of the event!

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Alla Peressolova, speaker in the afternoon plenary session Thu, 04 Oct 2018 10:34:29 +0000 The EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference’s formal programme ended with a very interesting plenary on cycle tourism. Four speakers took the stage in just one hour, talking about the legendary Silk Route, the future of cycle tourism in Europe and the cycle routes of the Barcelona Province, with a surprise guest at the end of the session. In this article we will talk about the first speaker of this session: Alla Peressolova.

Alla Peressolova is the former head of the UNWTO Silk Road Project. As such, she began by reminding the attendees that 27 September was the World Tourism Day, putting this year an emphasis on digital transformation. She gave a very complete presentation tackling the economic impact of tourism, global tourism trends, the growth of transnational themed routes, the challenges and lessons of the Silk Road and in opportunities opened by the Western Silk Road initiatives, in particular for cycle tourism.

Nowadays, tourism matters more than ever because it generates one out of ten jobs in the world. And projects such as the Silk Road can bring jobs in remote areas as well. Moreover, one of the strongest trends in tourism currently, and especially in the cycle tourism world, is the shift from service industry to experience industry. Tourists are looking for unique experiences, golden moments during their journeys. This is why theme-based tourism is a good alternative to traditional tourism.

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“Authenticity becomes one of the competitive competences in the tourism market.”

The EuroVelo routes are also theme-based tourism routes and fit very well in this new model. Alla advised people interested in this topic to have a look at the Handbook on Marketing Transnational Tourism Themes and Routes from the European Travel Commission.

She then turned to transnational initiatives. What makes them work? They require a lot of cooperation efforts, a grassroots movement from bottom to top and the involvement of local communities. Administrative and cultural challenges can arise, but if the story is strong enough, as with the Silk Road, transnational routes can be very successful.

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“I will talk about the most important route in the history of mankind: the Silk Road. It has this romantic and adventurous feeling.”

The Silk Road, it is 100,000 km of routes, 34 involved countries and a multitude of partners forming the Silk Road task force. Many factors attract tourists to the Silk Road: its long history, its connection to countless epic adventures, and its way into the mysterious huge countries of central Asia… But marketers have found out that the main drive of the Silk Road is actually the appeal of exotic foods along the route!

The Silk Road can be divided in two: the ‘Classic Silk Road’ and the ‘Western Silk Road’, for which new initiatives are financed by the European Commission in the frame of the Western Silk Road Tourism Development Initiative. In particular, there has been a cycling project along the Western Silk Route in Italy: the Silk Cycle Route, which is currently looking for Italian partners interested in reviving this route. To get involved, the person to contact is Paolo Baraldi –

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You can find more details in the full presentation of Alla Peressolova, which will be available on the Conference’s website. Here was her conclusion at the end of the Conference’s day:

“At this Conference, I felt the existence of a global community in the cycle tourism world.”

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