It was twenty years ago that the World Trade Organization was formed; the film Toy Story was released; the Russian space station Mir greeted it’s first American guests; the DVD was announced; and Gangsta’s Paradise by Coolio topped the charts around the world. The year 1995 also marked the establishment of EuroVelo and so over the coming months we are going to be celebrating it’s 20th anniversary!
Prague is known for its medieval character, romantic atmosphere, cultural scene and above all, for its beer. This month however, we go beyond all this to take a look at the state of cycling in the famous city.
Just in time for those planning their holidays for 2015, brand new cycling touring packages related to EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route and EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail have just come on to the market. These are the direct result of European Commission-supported projects aimed at supporting European SMEs by developing packages based on transnational tourism products.
Most of us plan our holidays at the start of the year. It is therefore a good time to gauge tourist’s behaviour and opinions, as it can help us get an idea of what themes will be trending over the coming months. A recent Eurobarometer survey looked at what Europeans’ current preferences are when it comes to tourism. Here is what it showed.
As the curtains are drawn on ITB 2015, EuroVelo looks back on another successful edition. Many new contacts were made and the team had a successful experiment with a panel event. Thursday started with good news – EuroVelo routes occupied both 1st and 2nd place on the cycle route podium – and Friday followed suit. Here’s how we got on.
Grüße aus berlin!
EuroVelo had a busy and very, very productive day at the ITB Berlin! On Wednesday 4th of March ITB Berlin opened its doors with a huge number of professionals and exhibitors. EuroVelo has been represented at the ITB for the last years and like we did before, we want to keep you updated about what is going on in Berlin this week.
France welcomes another itinerary committee, this time for EuroVelo 8. The local authorities along its itinerary were invited by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) region to join forces on the project. Translated from the pages of the Domaines et Régions Cyclables website, you can read up on the latest developments in the French approach to EuroVelo route creation. (image: Camille Perretta)
Cycle tourism gets more attention every time EuroVelo pays a visit to an international tourism trade fair in Europe. It is a growing sector that employees over 450,000 people in Europe, a figure that could be doubled by 2020 with the right policies. According to a study commissioned by the European Parliament, cycling tourism generates over 43 billion euros every year.
EuroVelo 5 and EuroVelo 15 meet in Strasbourg. It is a city symbolic of European cooperation and its history gives it a dual identity in which national lines are blurred. This month we will take a closer look at how the people of Strasbourg have taken to the two EuroVelo routes.
One more year, EuroVelo will be present at the ITB Berlin (hall 4.1. b booth no 217). If you want to meet us at our booth or attend our panel about EuroVelo and cycling tourism, you will find here all the information you need updated!
EuroVelo 13 – The Iron Curtain Trail – connects 20 countries, 3 seas and over ten thousand kilometers of formerly closed border. A lighthouse project of this scale has a clear international appeal. By captivating the imagination of an international audience it can bring people outside the typical cycle tourist profile around to cycle tourism and cycling more generally.
After the success of our previous visits, EuroVelo will be returning to the ITB Berlin next month where we will be particularly highlighting EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route, EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail and EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Route.
One recently-formed regional government in Germany is making its plans regarding transport clear from the start and EuroVelo has a leading role to play. Since the start of the new year the German “Bundesland” of Thüringia has been governed by a coalition of the Greens, the Social Democrats and the leftist party “Die Linke”. The promotion of EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail and cycling tourism in general is a major point in the mobility and transport section of the coalition agreement.
Have you ever been on holiday and itched to see the place by bike only to find it impossible to find any bicycle to do it on? You are not alone. The SEEMORE project has been making traditional holiday destinations more cycle friendly. Sometimes, solutions can be very simple. The weapon of choice was persuasion and the good results are yet another example of how cycling just makes sense.
At the end of last year, the European Commission published a guide on opportunities for using EU funds for the tourism sector. The guide may be of interest to the estimated 524,052 people directly employed in the cycling tourism sector in Europe.
At the end of last year, over 30 partners from along the route of EuroVelo 4 – Central Europe Route in France met following the invitation of the Seine-Maritime Department. The French National EuroVelo Coordination Centre (NECC), the Départements et Régions cyclables (DRC), initiated the meeting in an effort to coordinate the work of all the relevant local councils along this route and to build a national strategy tailored to route. Here is how they got on.
Once again, EuroVelo will be present at Fitur – the International Tourism Trade Fair in Madrid. Fitur 2015 brings good news for the EuroVelo project given that the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment will announce the official establishment of an EuroVelo National Coordination Centr for Spain (NECC) with the support of many Spanish regions and the National Cycling Organisation, ConBici.
As promised in the last newsletter, every month will see a ‘EuroVelo, more than cycling tourism’ article published on our web site. Following our first article in the series which focused on Budapest, we will bring you other stories about how EuroVelo routes are being used by people other than tourists. This month we travel to Cadiz, start and end point of EuroVelo 8 – the Mediterranean Route.
The Turkish capital of Istanbul has been the goal of many a long distance bicycle tour. This major hub sits on the edge of the subcontinent and has a huge amount to offer tourists in it’s own right. A number of recent efforts have aimed to reinforce its accessibility to cyclists. Here is a small catch up on what has been going on in the Queen of Cities.
At the start of 2014, references to EuroVelo and cycling were formally included in the TEN-T guidelines for the first time and when the first Calls were published in the autumn they featured prominently in the text.
The final section of Drake’s Trail, a section of EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route has been completed. This 21 mile (34km) cycling and walking route linking Tavistock with Plymouth is now boasts a cycle-friendly climb and a well surfaced path.
As reported back in July, an ongoing EU-funded project focusing on EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route aims to bring together public and private partners, establish packages that feature the route and also create some dedicated marketing and promotional tools. In October, the project partners met in Cyprus to catch up with the progress being made in each country, compare notes and plan for the rest of the project.
EuroVelo is about more than just cycling tourism. Getting more people to cycle to work, to school or to the shops is one of the key objectives of the European cycle route network. In this series we will share some good examples of this objective in action. We also encourage you to send us your stories of commuting using EuroVelo routes! You can contact us at email@example.com
On the 13th and 14th of November, members of the EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail (North) Project met in Mikulov, a Czech town near the Austrian border to discuss the progress of the project. Project partners from the eight countries in the northern part of the Iron Curtain Trail were present and the participants were welcomed by the South Moravia Tourist Authority who were in charge of organising the event.
Jens Erik Larsen represents Foreningen Frie Fugle, which is one of the project partners in ongoing EuroVelo 8 project. In October he was in Shkodra, Albania, to present the project at a workshop organised by the newly formed GO2. Along the way he made an impromtu stop at the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro. Here’s how he got on.
The European Cyclists´Federation will organize next Thursday 4th December the roundtable ´Cycling for Growth´, the first event in the framework of the recently launched ´Cycling Forum Europe´, in which we will publish three new economic studies about funding opportunities, fiscal incentives and job creation.
EuroVelo’s national coordinator for Germany, the Allgemeine Deutsche Fahrrad-Club (ADFC) has teamed up with the largest coach travel company in the country to provide free bicycle transport to its members. From March to November, all MeinFernbus coaches will be equipped with a bike rack that can hold up to 5 bicycles. The service, which normally costs 9 euro per trip, will be free of charge for the 145,000 ADFC members. Read more…
The 7th Czech – German conference on Marketing of the Elbe trail (EuroVelo 7), with the latest developments on the most popular German long-distance route.
During the course of the Iron Curtain Trail project funded by the EU through its South East Europe Programme, the project meetings have taken the partners to some of the less well-known sections of the 10,000 km long route, including Lendava (in Slovenia), Szombathely (in Hungary) and Eisenstadt (in Austria). Last month, the partners came together for the penultimate time (for the current project at least) in the Hungarian town of Harkány, which is located in a wine-growing region on the border with Croatia.
As we reported earlier this year, there is currently an ongoing EU co-financed project aiming to develop cycle tourism connected to EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route. The Slovenian partner in the project – RRC-KP – recently asked one of the other project partners, Foreningen Frie Fugle, to participate in a workshop, as their role is to provide advice and support on establishing successful bookable offers linked to the route. Here, Jens Erik Larsen From Foreningen Frie Fugle reports back on his experiences.
The Demarrage Project has sought to develop the Rhine Cycle Route as a transnational touristic product and over the course of the past three years, it has delivered on all of the partner’s original aims, including adding the route to the EuroVelo network (as EuroVelo 15)! A final conference for people involved in cycle tourism across Europe was held in Basel, Switzerland to share the lessons that have been learned along the way.
Representatives of over 30 organisations from over twenty different countries attended this year’s Annual National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators (NECC/Cs) Meeting held on the banks of the River Rhine in Weil am Rhein, Germany. The event coincided with the final conference of the Demarrage (EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Route) Project, which was held in Basil the following day.
A three-day cycle tour starting on Sunday 21st September marked the grand opening of a new section of EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail along the border of Austria and the Czech Republic. When the tour reached Slavonice, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) and the European GreenBelt Initiative.
Our French National Coordinator, DRC (Départéments et Régions cyclables) has just released a simple and informative video to explain the functioning of the ON3V, France’s National Observatory for Cycle Routes in just 3 minutes 30 seconds.
Twenty five years ago the Pan-European Picnic was held to mark one of the first holes being cut in the Iron Curtain on the border between Hungary and Austria. To mark this occasion, the Hungarian Cycling Alliance and Regional Management Burgenland agreed upon an itinerary for EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail and the route has been signed with official EuroVelo signposting in time for the anniversary on 19th August 2014
The latest figures released from the UK are proof of the demand for safe, comfortable and attractive cycle routes. Sustrans, our national EuroVelo coordination centre in the UK, has released a report which shows usage steadily on the rise on the National Cycle Network. This is despite the numbers of cyclists and walkers being in decline on the country’s road network in general.
EuroVelo has recently published a Press Kit & FAQ for EuroVelo in several languages:
If you are writing in print or online press about the European cycle route network, please refer to this document for the most up-to-date facts and fiqures, Frequently asked questions, and an overview of the network’s history.
Preparations are in full swing for the upcoming EuroVelo/Greenways international cycling tourism conference in Basel which will bring together leading figures from European politics, cycling tourism professionals, and key businesses in the cycling tourism market. The theme of the conference, at the meeting point of Switzerland, Germany and France; is Cycling without borders.
In a series of articles introducing you to the conference speakers, today we will meet Patrick Jansen, Martyn Brunt and Daniel Mourek.
Last month, Jens Erik Larsen, a member of the EuroVelo Council, was invited to southern Poland to speak about cycle routes in Denmark and the EuroVelo project. Since it is a busy time of the year, Jens Erik felt that there was limited time to go but then the Danish Ambassador to Poland himself called him in order to coordinate their presentations…so he decided he had better go!