National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators (NECC/Cs), as well as their project partners, will have the opportunity to test a section of the EuroVelo 9 – Baltic–Adriatic route, on a project tour organised by the NEC in Austria. Cycle tours, visits and project meetings are all scheduled during a five day tour planned for this summer.
During the last weekend of March, EuroVelo Director Ádám Bodor was present at the International Mountain Bike Association Europe’s Summit in Cercedilla (Spain). The event provided an opportunity to talk about possible opportunities to apply together for EU grants for cycling and…to mountain bike, of course!
On Sunday 30th March 2014, cycling and tourism stakeholders took part in an enjoyable bicycle-train journey around Kerkini Lake, in Northern Greece. The Ecological Movement of Thessaloniki – the Greek National EuroVelo Coordinator – and Antigone NGO organised a parallel study tour to the area, so that participants could experience the Bulgarian-Greek section of EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail. Read more…
On Monday 31st April, our Southern Polish National Coordinators, Marek Zamana and Andrzej Zalewski paid us a visit to the ECF’s office in Brussels to present the progress of the work in their region. Their meticulous efforts seem to be very fruitful.
A number of the proposals set out in the French Action Plan for Active Mobility (PAMA), which was launched by the Transport Minister, Frédéric Cuvillier, on March 5th, support the development of bike-tourism in France. The main goal for cycle tourism is to double its share of the country’s total tourism market by 2020 and to help achieve this 12 000 km of cycle paths could be built soon.
Bavarian Minister of Transport, Joachim Hermrmann, just announced a plan to invest 200 million Euros for cycling in Bavaria over the next 5 years. EuroVelo routes 4, 6, 8 and 13 pass through this European region.
Earlier this month, EuroVelo returned to the ITB Berlin – the world’s leading travel trade fair – for the third successive year. On this occasion, the general EuroVelo booth was shared with the Demarrage (EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Route) Project and there were a series of tours for journalists held during the week, providing a mini tour of the cycle route along one of Europe’s most dramatic rivers.
On the 14th of February 2014, more than fifty French stakeholders of the Mediterranean Route were gathered in Marseille, at the PACA (Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur) region headquarters to discuss the creation of an itinerary committee for the French part of the Eurovelo8 (EV8). Read more…
Just before Christmas it was announced that the new Regulations relating to the EU’s TEN-T Network would include references to cycling and EuroVelo for the first time. Now it is possible to finally see these references in print following the publication of the new TEN-T Regulations in the Official Journal of the European Union.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment through the Direction of Rural Development will establish a Secretariat for EuroVelo in Spain. The decision was taken at a meeting attended by representatives of most of the Spanish regions and cyclist organisations in Madrid on February 24th. This coordination will start with the creation of a working group which will have their first meeting within 3 weeks.
The recently adopted Cycling Plan of Andalusia aims to become a reference for southern Europe on the promotion of cycling as a means of transportation, leisure and tourism. Based on the success of the reintroduction of cycling in Seville (Andalusia) where modal share of cycling increased from a 0.6% in 2006 to a 8.9% in 2012, the idea of the plan is to spread the best of the Seville experience throughout the region. It is structured on three levels: local (cycling as a mean of transportation), metropolitan (transportation, leisure and cycling tourism) and regional (mainly leisure and cycling tourism). Read more…
After the success of our previous two visits, EuroVelo will be returning to the ITB Berlin next month where we will have a joint booth with the Demarrage (EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Route) project. Read more…
Every year one of the world’s biggest tourism events takes place in Madrid, Spain. This year was no different. From January 22 to 26 The International Tourism Trade Fair (Fitur) had more than 220,000 visitors with 9,000 companies present from 165 countries. EuroVelo was present at this year’s Fitur, showcasing the European Cycle Route Network and pedaling towards a National EuroVelo Coordination Center for Spain.
Every two years since 1986 and annually since 2011, Portugal and Spain have celebrated the Iberian Congress of Cycling. Created by the Portuguese Cyclists’ Federation (FPCUB) and the Spanish Cyclists’ Organisation (ConBici) to strengthen the union between the two countries on the issue of cycling, it quickly became a reference in the region. Read more…
Progress continues on the Austrian section of EuroVelo 13 – a timetable has been agreed for the provisional route to open this summer, with full signposting and promotional materials to be in place for the spring of 2015.
In September we were paid a visit from Andy Beanland as part of a fact finding tour of north western Europe funded by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. He has just published a report on cycle tourism based on his experiences, so we caught up with him to hear what he had found out.
Sari Essayah is a Member of the European Parliament for the European People’s Party in Finland. Although better known for being a world-championship winning race-walking athlete, she has had a life-long connection to cycling. After she and her party supported the inclusion of references to cycling and EuroVelo in the regulations for the Trans-european Transport Network (TEN-T), we caught up with her at the European Parliament to talk about her life as an everyday cyclist.
A conference in held in Thessaloniki, Greece at the end of last year brought together cycling organisations from around the country with the aim of establishing a national network.
A bike ride from Vienna to Nantes will be organised in 2014 by ECF Member AF3V (the French Association for the Development of Cycle Routes and Greenways). The aim of the ride is to promote the EuroVelo network and the VeloCity 2015 conference in Nantes, the world’s premier cycling congress. Read more…
This month saw the launch of a brand-new version of Albergabici, Italy’s website for the promotion of bicycle-friendly accomodation. We spoke to Michele Mutterle from our national coordinator FIAB (Federazione Italiana Amici della Bicicletta) about the work that went in to developing the site, their business model, and how the site works for both the cycle tourism industry and cyclists. Read more…
In October, the Czech and Austrian National EuroVelo Coordinators tested out the section of EuroVelo 9 – Baltic – Adriatic that passes through the Olomouc Region of the Czech Republic.
French partners in the EuroVelo 3 project came together in Amiens on November 8th for a steering committee session in order to agree the key details of the partnership (e.g. the budget, actions and payment schedule). By the end of the meeting the partners had agreed that they would aim to complete the French section of the route by 2016.
The National EuroVelo Coordinator for Turkey, Envercevko, announced at a workshop this week that they would begin digitising Turkish national cycle routes.
Spain is the fourth most visited country in the world, with more than 57 million tourists each year and high seasonal tourism. Cycle tourism offers advantages, challenges and opportunities to improve those impressive figures.
Following the ECF’s long-running campaign, which included sending letters to every MEP last week, we are pleased to announce that the TEN-T guidelines were approved by a large majority at this week’s Plenary session in Strasbourg meaning that cycling and EuroVelo are referenced in these guidelines for the first time ever! Read more…
Representatives from Spain, France and Ireland came together in Bayonne last month to make the first steps towards lasting international cooperation in the development of EuroVelo 1.
The latest project meeting related to EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Route brought the participants extremely close to the theme of the route as they crossed the river in a ferry boat. With the project entering into it’s final year and the route close to completion, attention is now turning to promotion and marketing.
Amendments to the guidelines for the development of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) will be voted on at this week’s European Parliament plenary session. ECF and EuroVelo delivered 755 letters to the EU Parliament in a concerted effort to garner support for our call on the Commission to clarify the amendment.
Members of Vidzeme Tourism Association in Latvia have just led a promotional tour on a newly completed section of EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail between Riga and Ainaži.
One of the main purposes of the EuroVelo.org website is to share information and guidance amongst those organisations and individuals working on developing the EuroVelo network across Europe. Over the past few months we have added a number of new documents and tools under the ‘Downloads’ section of the website that we thought would be useful to highlight.