June brought good news from the Czech Republic where a new section of EuroVelo 4 – Central Europe Route was officially opened between Karlovy Vary (or Carlsbad) and the natural attraction Svatošská Rocks. The route includes an impressive new bridge over the River Ohře/Eger.
Maps are a very useful resource. This is true at the planning stage, the implementation phase and at the final, consumable phase of a cycling project. This month two maps were published in France that illustrate well how maps can be a useful resource for the end user as much as for the policy-maker.
Since the application to join the EuroVelo network was submitted at the end of 2013, the Rhone Cycle Route – proposed EuroVelo route 17 – has been quickly developed. The French and Swiss stakeholders who are promoting the route have made significant efforts to improve the infrastructure, signalisation, coordination, promotion and services along the route and it is now poised to become one of the most popular cycle routes in Europe. As part of the application process, EuroVelo Management Team member Jesus Freire paid a visit to check on the progress being made.
Mobile phone applications are a huge resource for cycling. Many bicycle sharing schemes have their own apps which allow users to monitor availability and can help boost usage. Other cycling apps include route trackers and itinerary planners. In this article we explore the newly released ‘Bas-Rhin à vélo’ app which features EuroVelo routes 5 and 15.
The Latvian Presidency of the European Union ended in Riga with the hosting of the TEN-T Days to discuss the latest developments and opportunities for the trans-European transportation network. ECF as the coordinator of EuroVelo, the European cycle route network presented the opportunities that investments in cycling offer for Europe and what kind of new opportunities have arisen since cycling has been integrated into the official guidelines and regulations.
A big EuroVelo cake complete with a map and most of the city of Nantes’ reserves of chocolate was baked in celebration of the European cycle route network’s 20th Anniversary. The last two decades have seen the concept go from an ambitious and visionary idea to an ambitious and visionary reality: 14 long distance cycle routes which connect the continent over their combined 70,000 km.
When over 200 people gather together in Malaga (Andalusia, Spain) to discuss about cycling, you can be sure things are on the move and in the right direction at that. The Iberian Cycling Congress hosted its 13th edition in Malaga and is aiming to become the ‘Spanish-Portuguese Velo-City’. It is the capital of the ‘Costa del Sol’ which is making important efforts to transform itself into a cycling city.
On the last days of April 2015, Adam Bodor visited Croatia and Serbia, to explore and support the development of the EuroVelo network and cycling tourism in the Balkans. Here is how he got on.
The beautiful city of Mantova in northern Italy was the setting for the final project meeting of the EC funded EuroVelo 8 – The Mediterranean Route project. EuroVelo management team was there of course, and here is the report.
It’s not every day that a Director General from the European Commission undertakes a 600 km bike trip on EuroVelo routes. So when we heard that Karl Falkenberg from the Directorate-General for Environment, was going to do just that in June, we wanted to find out more.
As the attention of the cycling world turns to Nantes we take a look at how everyday cycling is doing in the city. The Velo-City conference is kicking off on the 2nd of June and we’re in for three days packed full of cycling goodness but the city is also at a EuroVelo crossroads and in order to whet our appetites in the build up to the big event, we take a look at the state of cycling in the ‘City of Dukes’.
Last week saw 30 people participate in a bicycle ride from Dresden to Prague and on to Freistadt. In the context of the Week of Cycle Tourism, the week-long tour promoted EuroVelo 7 in Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria as well as the 20th anniversary of the EuroVelo network which will be celebrated at the National EuroVelo Coordinators meeting on the 2nd of June in Nantes. We hear how they got on.
The third and final project meeting for the EuroVelo 13 project took place at the beginning of May in Riga, Latvia. The hosts used the arrival of the transnational partners to hold a successful press conference and arranged for the official opening of a beautiful new cycling and walking bridge in the village of Carnikava just to the north of the capital.
Last month, our EuroVelo, more than cycling tourism column saw how Prague has gone from being a cycling desert to setting ambitious targets for modal share. This awareness of the contribution cycling can make to the city has also spread among its inhabitants. One such inhabitant is named Oleh Zahiney. A staunch cyclist himself, he decided to bank on cycling and set up two cycling services: Praha Bike – guided city bike tours and bicycle rentals in Prague ; and Cyklus Trails – multi-day self-guided and guided adventure bike trips in Czech Republic, Austria and Germany. Today, his decision paid off and we caught up with him to see what he had to say about EuroVelo and the state of cycling in his capital.
The EuroVelo management team has put together a manual entitled Guidance on Usage Monitoring. It is intended as a reference on how best to obtain reliable figures on who, when and how the EuroVelo routes are used. A number of specialists were involved in compiling this manual and input was included from eight different European countries.
Mantova (Italy) is set to host the EuroVelo 8 Conference in the framework of the EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route project.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.