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.
During the first week of March, the ECF returned to the ITB Berlin after a successful first experience in 2012. Whilst we were there we wrote a daily diary to give you a flavour of what happened at the world’s leading travel trade fair.
EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail invites people to retrace and experience the former division of the continent on a 10,400 km cycle route following what was the border. Last week a new European funded project was launched to move this great idea a step closer to reality.
The week before Christmas, ECF received an early present from the European Parliament when its Transport and Tourism Committee voted in a compromise amendment in the TEN-T guidance that included specific mentions of cycling, tourism and EuroVelo.
It looks as though 2013 is already on course to be the best year yet for the European cycle route network! Find out more about the dates to look out for over the coming months.
On the 22nd November, representatives of 14 regional and local authorities attended a meeting in Paris to discuss the development of EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route in France. Alain Spada, the President of the French National EuroVelo Coordination Centre - Départements & Régions cyclables (DRC), told the attendees that their role in helping to realise this international route is essential.
Four days of seminars and study tours along Latvia’s Baltic Coast have brought wider awareness about EuroVelo 10 – Baltic Sea Route and EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail and helped identify what needs to be done in order to complete those sections of the routes.
This month the Spanish organisation Girona Greenways has launched a nationwide cyclist friendly accommodation scheme known as the ‘Bed and Bike label’.
Each year the Italian cyclist federation and National EuroVelo Coordination Centre, FIAB, organise a cycle trip with its members to a particular part of the country to open new cycle routes and to encourage authorities to build more facilities. EuroVelo Council Member, Jens Erik Larsen joined them for the ride.
Every year cycling activists in Ukraine organise Veloforum, an international cycling conference. As this year’s event was held in the Black Sea resort of Yevpatoria on the Crimea, there were several presentations and workshops relating to cycling tourism. The good news is that it really seems to be taking off in the Ukraine.
We know that the EuroVelo routes are popular with tourists across Europe but they are also increasingly attracting cyclists from around the world. Take Michael van der Zanden for example, who recently came all the way from Perth, Australia to cycle the whole of EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Route.
After a few years without any significant developments with regards to implementing or signing cycle routes, Slovenia has suddenly seen a surge in activity over the past few months. EuroVelo Council Member, Jens Erik Larsen paid a visit to Maribor to find out more.
A 1 kilometre long bicycle bridge opened on the weekend points to the growing role European funds can play in creating high-quality bicycle infrastructure.
Cycling tourism is a huge growth sector but it needs to widen its appeal if it wants to get even bigger. Ed Lancaster lets us know what’s happening after returning from the first ever EuroVelo, Greenways and Cycle Tourism conference last week.
French and British partners from the successful CYCLE WEST project met on the 5th September for the official opening of the spectacular new Gem Bridge in Devon, UK.
Austrian railways ÖBB is changing its policies and has now begun allowing bicycle carriage on railjet. As for the rest of Europe’s trains however, there’s still a long way to go. Read more…
Although EnverCevko successfully applied to become the National EuroVelo Coordinator for Turkey last year, at the moment none of the EuroVelo routes visits this eastern Mediterranean country. Understandably therefore, the organisation is keen for one of the existing routes to be extended into their homeland. Read more…
On 12-14th July 2012, the Carlsbad Region in the Czech Republic organised a cycle tour, with a number of distinguished guests, along part of the Czech-German section of EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail.
After 4,000 km, 55 days and 11 countries, the participants in the VeloMarathon paid a visit to the ECF’s offices in Brussels on Tuesday 17th July on route to start of the London Olympics.
On Wednesday September 26th, Nantes, France will find itself home to the first ever joint conference of the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) and the European Greenways Association (EGWA).
La Vélodyssée®, the name given to the section of EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route in France, was officially ‘launched’ on the 30th June.
The National EuroVelo Coordinator for the UK, Sustrans, has reported the biggest ever increase in the number of people cycling on its National Cycle Network (NCN), with 40 million more cycling trips made during 2011 than in the year before – an 18% increase. In total 256 million trips were made by bike on the NCN in 2011.
SwitzerlandMobility Foundation are the latest National EuroVelo Coordination Centre or Coordinator to make an app available for iPhones.
An audience of 80 people attended the official launch of Accueil Vélo at the heart of the Ministry of Economy and Finance in Bercy, Paris in May 2012.