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.
In August, the Kyiv Cyclists’ Association (the National EuroVelo Coordinator for Ukraine) organised a field trip to explore a 350-km stretch of the planned EuroVelo 4 – Central Europe Route in the western part of the country.
Over the course of a week in May, ten international journalists were given a taster of EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route in each of the four countries through which it passes.
Earlier this month the British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that £94 million (€108) would be spent on promoting cycling. The good news for EuroVelo is that three of the four routes that visit the UK are likely to benefit directly. Read more…
Earlier this year we reported from Spain on the installation of signage along the northern section of EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route there (the first EuroVelo signs in the country). In June, there was further good news for one of our most popular routes when French public authorities organised a meeting to discuss how the route could be developed further on their side of the border.
A total of €130m has been released by the Czech government for the immediate repair of roads, railways and bicycle routes in the wake of flooding which affected much of central Europe last month. This has allowed bicycle traffic on several of the Czech Republic’s most popular touristic routes to resume in a very short space of time.
Once a year, the incredibly scenic section of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley is made car free and opened up to non-motorised transport. This year ECF Secretary General Bernhard Ensink attended the event on Sunday 30th June, as it provided an opportunity to promote the Demarrage Project, which has been been developing EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Route over the past few years.
We are pleased to announce that Ukraine has become the latest country to launch its official EuroVelo website. The Kyiv Cyclists’ Association (KCA), which was announced in May as the National EuroVelo Coordinator (NEC) for Ukraine, launched the site in English and Ukranian on the 7th of June.