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. Daniel Mourek from the Czech National EuroVelo Coordination Centre, Nadace Partnerstvi / CDV, tells us how they got on.
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.
This year’s Velo-city conference has the biggest cycle tourism programme in the event’s 33 year old history. We’ll be on hand to report back all the best bits for those of you who are not able to make it to the Austrian capital.
On Thursday it was announced that an agreement had been reached between the three main European Institutions – the European Commission, the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament – on proposals to transform the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T). The good news is that it looks increasingly likely that cycling and EuroVelo will be directly referred to in the regulations for the first time ever.
The Netherlands is the latest European country to install their first EuroVelo signs. This important step also takes us closer towards the completion of EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route.
Another major milestone was passed this week in the EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail project, with the opening of a new bridge on the Austrian – Hungarian border.
We receive a lot of inquiries in the ECF office from people who want to cycle in Croatia, particularly along EuroVelo 8, which follows the country’s Adriatic Coast. Unfortunately, we don’t have an official National EuroVelo Coordination Centre there yet although when we visited Zagreb recently there were signs that we might not have to wait too much longer.
This year’s National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators (NECC/Cs) Meeting will be taking place on Monday 10th June in Vienna – the day before Velo-city 2013 kicks off.
Spain is on many people’s list of dream cycling destinations but until recently there has not been much in the way of infrastructure to support long-distance cycle trips. The opening of the first signed section of a EuroVelo route in the country is therefore something to celebrate. EuroVelo Council Member Jens Erik Larsen paid a visit to find out more.
In January, the Romanian MEP Daciana Octavia Sârbu submitted a written question asking the European Commission whether those EuroVelo routes most in need of investment will receive priority funding in future. The Commission have just responded and whilst they have not committed to a dedicated funding stream for EuroVelo they have said that they recognise the contribution the EuroVelo routes make to tourism and regional development in Europe.
Our Swiss National EuroVelo Coordination Centre, SwitzerlandMobility Foundation, already had one of the most developed national cycle route websites in Europe. However, after five years of strong growth in the number of visitors to the site it was decided that a major update would be beneficial and the results are very impressive!
Denmark established the world’s first official signed national cycle route network all the way back in 1993. In the intervening years however, the 3,500 km network has not received much attention. All that is about to change though, thanks to two major developments. Read on to find out more.
As we are sure you know already, the world of cycling will be descending on the Austrian capital Vienna in June for the latest Velo-city conference. It promises to be a bumper year for those interested in EuroVelo and cycling tourism.