Sopron conference marks end of Iron Curtain Trail Experience Project


During a well-attended conference held in Sopron, Hungary, the partners in the Iron Curtain Trail Project officially launched the EuroVelo 13 app for mobiles and tablets.  This was the culmination of the successful EU-funded Iron Curtain Trail Experience (ICTE) project, which came to an end in April.

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MedCycleTour project kicks off in Andalusia


Thirty participants from seven countries came together for the first time on 19th April to discuss the new three-year EU-funded project focusing on EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route.

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ConBici to become National EuroVelo Coordination Centre in Spain


On the 20th April, all the Spanish regions with EuroVelo routes met in Seville to sign an agreement to establish the country’s first National EuroVelo Coordination Centre, which will led by the ECF Member ConBici.

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2017 EuroVelo Route Inspectors Training Course


The European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) organised its annual Route Inspectors Training Course on the 20th and 21st April 2017.  In a change from previous years it took place away from Brussels in sunny Seville, Spain as it involved partners from the current EU-funded route development projects related to EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route and EuroVelo 10 – Baltic Sea Cycle Route.

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Opening of longest off-road cycling and walking trail in Ireland


On Saturday 25th March, a spectacular 46km off-road cycling and walking trail along an old railway line between Waterford and Dungarvan offically opened to the public for the first time.  The route forms part of EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route.
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Putting EuroVelo 10 on the map: The Biking South Baltic! project


A new Interreg South Baltic project kicked off in February, which focuses on the southern section of EuroVelo 10 – Baltic Sea Cycle Route.  The ECF joins partners from Poland, Germany and Denmark to develop and promote the section of the route between Copenhagen and Gdańsk.

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Cycling without borders: Developing successful transnational cycling products


Everywhere you look there is evidence that cycle tourism is booming.  According to a study published by the German Cyclists’ Federation (ADFC) at the beginning of March, the number of Germans taking cycle holidays has increased by 30% over the last two years (2014 – 2016).

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Seven EuroVelo routes in the Top 10 most popular cycle routes chosen by German cycle tourists


ADFC, the German National EuroVelo Coordinator, and the Travelbike Vermietung published their annual Bike Travel Analysis earlier this month compiling the latest figures on bicycle tourism and identifying interesting trends in the behavior of German cycle tourists inside and outside their country.

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EuroVelo 5 and EuroVelo 15 at the ITB Berlin


The Rhine Cycle Route EuroVelo 15 and the EuroVelo 5 – Via Romea (Francigena) were presented at the world’s leading travel show, the ITB in Berlin last week. The possibility to maintain and grow a touristic network was used to plan existing and potential projects. During the weekend, the ITB opened its gates to the general public. Many interested visitors used the opportunity to get valuable information about the two routes.

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Consultation on an Integral EuroVelo IT Solution


The EuroVelo Management Team has been working during the last few months on an EuroVelo integral IT solution. The objective is that EuroVelo webs, apps, maps, database, etc. are integrated in a coprehensive solution that facilitate the work of both, the EuroVelo Management Team and our partners.

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First EuroVelo 5 Information Panel installed in Department of Bas-Rhin


The first RIS (Relais Information Services – Tourism Information Panel) on the EuroVelo 5 – Via Romea (Fracigena) was installed yesterday in Obernai in the Department of Bas-Rhin.

Alsace à Vélo created the panel that was paid for by the Department of Bas-Rhin. The first panel has been inaugurated by the mayor of the commune of Obernai.

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Official launch of the new EuroVelo Overview Map at the ITB Berlin 2017!


Every three years, a new updated overview map of the EuroVelo network is printed. After the success of the previous edition, the 2017 map will be the main promotional tool for the network over the coming years, inspiring all those wishing to discover Europe by bike.

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EuroVelo Route Inspectors Training 2017, Seville (20th – 21st April)


This year, the annual EuroVelo Route Inspectors Training course will take place between Thursday 20th and Friday 21st April 2017 in Seville, Andalusia (Spain). During the two day course participants will be trained in how to survey or certify a section of a EuroVelo route, using the European Standards for long distance cycle routes.

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Gdańsk hosts Iron Curtain Trail Experience Project


There can be few more symbolic locations to hold a project meeting related to EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail then Gdańsk – home of the Solidarity (Solidarność) movement, which played such a key role in bringing down the iron curtain.

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New Czech-Polish border cycling project launched in Wroclaw, Poland


The newly launched project „Mutual strategy for development of cross-border cycling and cycle tourism in the Czech-Polish border region” is supported by the Interreg V-A PL-CZ program of the European Union. It contains two of our EuroVelo routes and will foster the development of the EuroVelo cycle route network.

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EuroVelo at the ITB Berlin 2017


EuroVelo will be attending the ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade fair, again this year with a dedicated EuroVelo booth. Between March 8th-12th 2017 you are welcome to visit us in Berlin. Over 100,000 visitors are expected in what is Europe’s leading cycle tourism market.

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The EuroVelo 2017 diary


The end of 2016 ended with fantastic news about the approved transnational Mediterranean Route project for the EuroVelo 8, which we launched yesterday with the beginning of February. It keeps being busy and EuroVelo is facing a fascinating 2017. The European Cycle Route Network has some major events happening throughout the coming year. The great Velo-City 2017 event is going to take place in the “homeland” of bicycles during June in Arnhem and Nijmegen. A day before the opening EuroVelo will use the event for their Annual NECC/C meeting. Among others the attendance at the ITB in Berlin and the 200th anniversary of the bicycle in Germany are two highlights as well. Check out our diary below!

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Wildlife conservation extensions on the UK Cycle Network

Our National Coordinator Sustrans in the UK has been awarded £400,000 (approx. €464,900 funding by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to continue and expand wildlife conservation work across the National Cycle Network for the next three years which partly contains route sections of EuroVelo 1, 2, 5 and 12.

Sustrans has worked with volunteers and partners across the North West, Yorkshire, the Midlands and Wales to record and monitor wildlife along 280km of traffic-free paths, manage habitats to protect and attract a wide variety of plants and animals, and run a variety of wildlife-themed events, as part of the Greener Greenways project.

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Advocacy success: Italy’s bold investment in cycling tourism


Thanks to the continuous work of FIAB, National EuroVelo Coordinator, Italy breaks one milestone after another in putting cycling high on the political agenda. After the proposal of a speed limit of 30 kph in urban areas, the Italian Parliament voted for the development of cycling tourism in the country.
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New EU funding for cycling projects in Ireland announced!


At the beginning of December an official press release for the funding of three cross-border greenway projects in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland was announced that will open up new sustainable cross border travel routes for both cyclists and pedestrians. The EU’s INTERREG VA Programme has offered approximately €23.27 million.This will fund the development of greenways in three different areas including one joining Carlingford to Newry, a route from Monaghan into Armagh along the Ulster Canal and three different routes in the North West, one from Strabane to Lifford and two from Derry/ Londonderry into Donegal. One of these routes is good news for the further development of EuroVelo 1 in Ireland.

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EuroVelo review 2016


The end of the year is approaching, which provides a good opportunity to look back over what has been a successful year for EuroVelo. There have been some unforgettable moments and important achievements in the year 2016. This is EuroVelo’s year in review.

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Join the Charter of Silver Cyclists!


The Silver Cyclists project was officially launched in September 2015 with the aim of increasing the number of seniors undertaking cycling holidays both domestically as well as to other European destinations. Now you have the opportunity to join this community.

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EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route (MedCycleTour) transnational project approved


The EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean route aims to connect Europe’s Mediterranean region, from Cádiz in the West to Cyprus in the East, by a high-quality long distance cycle route.  It forms part of EuroVelo, the European cycle route network, which can be used by cycle tourists as well as by local people for day-to-day mobility.

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VNF & DRC partnership: a commitment to the development of cycling and river tourism in France


In line with slow and green tourism, river tourism and cycling tourism are compulsory linked by the tourism products they offer and by the networks on which they rely. Being aware of their common operational areas our National Coordination Centre Départements & Régions Cyclables (DRC) and “Voies Navigables de France” (VNF) signed an interesting partnership agreement in September. A national meeting between the two networks will be held on March 27, 2017 in Paris.

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Focus on cycle tourism in Latvia


The Riga Cycling Conference is held annually on the last Friday of November, because this time of the year nothing else takes place! However, this is the biggest cycling conference in the Baltics and maybe in Eastern Europe, gathering 120 professionals within transport, planning and tourism. This year the topic was Cycling Tourism, and several speakers from abroad participated, invited by the Dutch Embassy. The conference was organized by The Traffic Department of Riga City Council and the Latvian Cyclists Union.

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New study on methods for measuring and understanding cycling and cyclists


Martin Forsberg and Joakim Bjerhem of the traffic and environmental consultants Koucky & Partners have published a new study (in Swedish, conclusions are available in English as well) at the end of September 2016. As the knowledge on cycling and cyclist behaviour and preferences are still limited they decided to undertake a study looking into all the different methods and tools to collect empirical data on cycling and cyclists. They gained some really interesting results and recommendations.

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First Greenway established in Serbia!


The City of Užice in Western Serbia rebuilt the first 5 kilometers of abandoned railroad route in the river Djetinja canyon during 2015 and 2016 and intends to extend the next 7 km to the village and lake Vrutci. On of the first steps to apply for a new EuroVelo route.

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Bari welcomes EuroVelo 5 project partners


The EuroVelo 5 – Via Rome Francigena project was officially been launched in April 2016, aiming at diversifying the European tourism offer through the development of EuroVelo 5 – Via Romea Francigena as an innovative transnational thematic cycle route for sport and wellness tourism, capitalizing the Via Romea Francigena and its importance to our shared European cultural heritage.

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ECF participates in Advisory Forum of European Cultural Routes in Vilnius


The ECF was invited to join the VI Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Advisory Forum, which was held in Vilnius, Lithuania from 26th to 27th October.

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New TEN-T Call published with more references to cycling and EuroVelo


A new TEN-T Call was published on 13th October 2016 which included new references to both cycling and EuroVelo. The new Call makes €1.9 billion of funding available for transport. It is a fantastic opportunity to realise cycling projects that connect with other major European transport projects.

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World Tourism Day 2016: Age Group 55+ becomes increasingly important within the EU


Ever since its inception, the World Tourism Day is celebrated on 27 September to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. It seeks to highlight tourism’s potential to contribute to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals and this year it was particularly addressing the age group 55+ (silver age) – one of the most pressing challenges.

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National EuroVelo Coordination Centres network goes from strength to strength


On Saturday 15th October representatives of the National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators’ (NECC/Cs) met in Vienna to present best practices, exchange experiences and agree how to continue the successful development of EuroVelo across the continent.

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Successful EuroVelo, Greenways and Cycling Tourism Conference ends with the signing of the Charter of Silver Cyclists


Over 70 participants from 23 nationalities attended the third edition of the conference organised by the European Cyclists‘ Federation (ECF) and the European Greenways Association (EGWA).

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EuroVelo search engine for bookable offers is live!


Developed through the SilverCyclists project, the website now features a search engine for bookable offers. This search engine allows you to search for specific cycling offers along EuroVelo routes.

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Workshop on cycling and cycling tourism in Turkey


The Turkish Association for Healthy Cities organised in Bursa (Turkey) a workshop on ´Cycling as a mean of transportation and leisure´. Representatives of the most important Turkish cities and regions attended this workshop and shared their experiences regarding the development of cycling and cycling tourism in their cities and regions.

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Just one week to go to submit your abstract for Velo-city 2017 Arnhem-Nijmegen


Velo-city Arnhem-Nijmegen wants your experience, studies, projects and reports on the ‘Freedom of Cycling’, in order to gather, learn and exchange with people from different countries.

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Liepāja welcomes ICTE partners to the Baltic Coast


During the last days of August, the Latvian city of Liepāja welcomed representatives of the transnational consortium working on the Iron Curtain Train Experience (ICTE) project.  Despite not being located on the border of two countries split by the ‘Iron Curtain’, this section of the route contains lots of reminders of the Cold War period and how Europe was once divided into East and West, as the participants in the project meeting found out.

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New survey on senior’s holiday preferences and cycling


As a part of the SilverCyclists project, the UCLan (University of Central Lancashire) has launched a new survey to find out the preferences of senior tourists and their opinion on cycling during their holidays.

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New Hungarian Commissioner for Cycling makes development of EuroVelo routes a priority


Mariusz Revesz – Hungary’s new commissioner for cycling – held a conference with EuroVelo director Ádám Bodor on the future of the cycle routes in the country, with some very positive implications for the EuroVelo routes.

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Sustrans publishes first handbook on Greenway management for the UK


EuroVelo National Coordinator in the UK, Sustrans, has recently published the first ever guidebook on the management of Greenways in the UK.

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