History

The idea of creating a network of international cycle routes spanning Europe started back in 1995.  It was initially coordinated by the ECF, De Frie Fugle (Denmark) and Sustrans (UK) and the original plan was to create 12 long-distance cycle routes.

An early version of the EuroVelo map complete with the original logo.

Since August 2007, the ECF has assumed full responsibility for the project.  Despite sometimes tight financial constraints, the EuroVelo project has already begun to deliver on the vision of its founders with sections of the network being implemented in countries as far a part as Finland, Cyprus, Spain and the UK.  In addition, the EuroVelo brand has become widely known and is increasingly seen as a sign of quality.

There have been various changes to the network over the years, most notably the addition of 2 new routes in September 2011.

Recognition

The signalisation of the EuroVelo routes has been approved by UNECE WP.1 (United Nations Economic and Social Council, Working party on road safety and signalisation).

In 2009, the European Parliament asked: “…the Commission and the Member States to consider the EuroVelo-Network and Iron Curtain Trail as an opportunity for promoting European trans-border cycling infrastructure networks, supporting soft mobility and sustainable tourism.”

On 15th December 2011, the European Parliament explicitly asked for EuroVelo to be included in the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) in their response to the European Commission’s White Paper on Transport.  The motion stated “EuroVelo, the European long-distance cycle route network, should be included in the TEN-T network.”