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Strong showing for cycle tourism at Velo-city 2017

26.06.2017

The world’s largest cycle planning conference took place in Arnhem and Nijmegen earlier this month and there were numerous sessions related to cycle tourism and leisure cycling across the four days, many of which featured our National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators.  Here we provide a little overview of some of the key sessions.

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Diverse programme highlights development of NECC/Cs network

Visiting the Netherlands is always inspiring for anyone working in cycle route development, so it was no surprise that this year’s Annual National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators’ (NECC/Cs) Meeting was one of the best attended to date.

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National EuroVelo Coordination Centres network ‘Go Dutch’ during study tour

As part of this year’s Annual National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators’ (NECC/Cs) Meeting, the participants had the opportunity to explore the fantastic Dutch cycle route infrastructure firsthand during a guided tour along the EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route.

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Cycling Tourism: Stimulating Urban Cycling – Speed Date

20.06.2017

The promotion of cycling is not always easy, especially not when faced with challenges such as missing cycle infrastructure or low bike ownership. The main focus of last week’s speed date session at the Velo-City 2017 was on how cycle tourism can help to start and grow urban cycling.Over 20 participants attended the interesting and inspiring speed date session in which speakers from three very diverse countries (Japan, Denmark and Italy), presented and exchanged their experiences and best practice examples on how cycle tourism can be used as a means to stimulate and advance urban cycling.Cycle tourism is a new alternative to traditional tourism in which the bicycle is the primary mode of transport. It enables tourists to discover appealing localities from a different perspective- from a bike.
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Biking South Baltic Project- Bike Travels are on the Rise!

09.06.2017

Summer has just started, the school holidays are around the corner and there is already heavy traffic on the EuroVelo 10 – Baltic Sea Cycle Route. We know this because two new automatic bicycle counters which have been installed in Świnoujście and Rogowo on the Polish Baltic Coast in the frame of the Biking South Baltic project.   Read more…

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New EuroVelo Overview Map available on EuroVelo.com!

30.05.2017

Are you wondering about the current state of the EuroVelo network and the road conditions on the various EuroVelo routes? Every 3 years, the EuroVelo Overview Map is updated in order to offer the most accurate information about the current development status of the EuroVelo network to cyclists.

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Good news! EuroVelo 1 – AtlanticOnBike project approved

29.05.2017

A new project called´AtlanticOnBike´ has recently approved. Supported by the Atlantic Area Interreg Programme, an international partnership will now work over the next 3 years to develop and promote one of the longest and most fascinating European long distance cycle routes: EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route.

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Sopron conference marks end of Iron Curtain Trail Experience Project

19.05.2017

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

09.05.2017

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

02.05.2017

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

28.04.2017

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

30.03.2017

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

29.03.2017

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

23.03.2017

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

20.03.2017

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

16.03.2017

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

07.03.2017

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

02.03.2017

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!

01.03.2017

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)

28.02.2017

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

24.02.2017

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

17.02.2017

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

16.02.2017

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

02.02.2017

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

24.01.2017

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!

22.12.2016

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

20.12.2016

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!

14.12.2016

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

13.12.2016

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

12.12.2016

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

30.11.2016

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

28.11.2016

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!

04.11.2016

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

03.11.2016

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

01.11.2016

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

27.10.2016

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

21.10.2016

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

18.10.2016

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

17.10.2016

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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