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Changing Gear – Encouraging cycling to UNESCO cultural and heritage sites

07.10.2019

In the framework of the EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route project, the University of Central Lancashire has created a guide on how to encourage visitors to cycle to UNESCO cultural and heritage sites.

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Curtain closes on the EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route project

04.10.2019

Seven European countries, 5,400 km of cycle routes and 20 UNESCO sites.  These are some of the things awaiting you along EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route. For 18 months, 9 organisations from 6 of the countries worked hand in hand to further develop the route and to promote it.  All of this was part of a European project financed by the COSME programme of the European Union.

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In the footsteps of the pilgrims: EuroVelo 3 project ends in Santiago de Compostela

The 18-month COSME project aiming to develop EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route came to an end last month and concluded with an instructive Final Conference in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, around the theme “Cycling and Cultural Tourism: the perfect match”.  Santiago de Compostela marks the southern end of EuroVelo 3 with the northern end being Trondheim in Norway, 5,000 km away.

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EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism at the world’s leading cycling trade show

28.08.2019

From 4 -7 September 2019, the annual EUROBIKE trade show will take place in Friedrichshafen, Germany.  In this year’s edition of the event, EuroVelo will join the discussions.

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New data confirms popularity of EuroVelo 6 – Atlantic-Black Sea

22.08.2019

The latest user monitoring data from Austria shows that the popularity of EuroVelo 6 continues to rise. The figures are the latest confirmation that this section of the route – along the Austrian Danube Cycle Path – is one of the most popular cycle routes in Europe.

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Improved monitoring shows record numbers on French EuroVelo routes

29.07.2019

New data from France shows that more cyclists are using the eight EuroVelo routes that cross the country than ever before.

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Dublin plays host to 2019 EuroVelo Annual NECC/Cs meeting

04.07.2019

On Monday 24 June representatives of the National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators’ (NECC/Cs) met in Dublin, Ireland to present best practices, exchange experiences and agree on some significant steps to continue the successful development of EuroVelo across the continent.

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Last opportunity to promote your business with the EuroVelo Media Pack!

The EuroVelo Media Pack comprises EuroVelo’s two primary communication and promotional tools: the EuroVelo Overview Map and the EuroVelo.com website. The launch of the brand new EuroVelo.com website and the upcoming release of the new EuroVelo Overview Map provide the ideal opportunity to advertise your business to cyclists.

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New look for EuroVelo.com, the number one cycling tourism site in Europe!

03.07.2019

The website www.EuroVelo.com is the main cycle tourism web portal in Europe, with more than 5 million page views1 million new unique visitors in 2018 and an annual average growth of 20%.  It is jam-packed with ideas and suggestions relating to cycling tourism in all European countries and each EuroVelo route. A brand-new version of this website was launched on Thursday 27th June during the Cycling Tourism Plenary session at Velo-city 2019 in Dublin.

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Bike ride along EuroVelo 13 to mark fall of the Iron Curtain

01.07.2019

The 30th anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain was commemorated by Czech and Austrian partners with an international bicycle ride on 8-11 May 2019. The event was organised by Czech National EuroVelo Coordinator, Partnerství o.p., in collaboration with Weinviertel Tourism. The partners cycled along EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail from Znojmo (CZ) to Hohenau and Schlosshof (AT).

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EuroVelo 3 partners visit the land of the vikings

03.06.2019

On April 23rd – 24th 2019, project partners from the EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route COSME project met in the small Danish town of Vejle to plan upcoming activities of the project.

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EuroVelo and cycling tourism at Velo-city 2019

The cycling world will be heading to Dublin for Velo-city 2019 on 25-28 June. EuroVelo will be there to present the latest developments in cycling tourism, including best practices from all over Europe and the launch of the brand-new EuroVelo web platform!

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Zadar welcomes the MEDCYCLETOUR project partners

31.05.2019

The MEDCYCLETOUR project partners met in Zadar, Croatia on 4-5 April 2019 for their 5th Steering Committee meeting. It was an opportunity for the partners to share the improvements being made along their sections of EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route, particularly regarding promotion and marketing.

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EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail declared a Cultural Route

28.05.2019

Following a seven-month application process, EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail has joined the list of 38 Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe. This is the first time that an entire EuroVelo route has been recognised in this way!

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Changing Gear Workshop: How to reduce the impacts of visitor travel on cultural and heritage sites?

06.05.2019

Over 20 people of 11 different nationalities met in Jelling, Denmark on 25 April 2019 to participate in a workshop about promoting access to cultural and heritage sites by bicycle. Organised in the frame of the ongoing EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route project, co-funded by the COSME Programme of the European Union, the workshop focused on practical measures to enable and encourage changes in visitor behaviour.

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Austrian stretch of EuroVelo 6 even safer and more comfortable

03.05.2019

A critical spot on the southern stretch of EuroVelo 6 – Atlantic-Black Sea east of Melk, Austria, has been improved, our National EuroVelo Coordinator in Austria, Radlobby, reports.

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EuroVelo at ITB Berlin 2019

11.04.2019

On 6-10 March, the EuroVelo team returned once again to the Messe Berlin exhibition grounds for the 2019 edition of ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show. This year was busier than normal: in addition to coordinating the Cycling Tourism Day and presenting the annual EuroVelo awards, we also launched a brand new EuroVelo route.

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EuroVelo routes perform well in ADFC’s 20th Bicycle Travel Analysis

28.03.2019

The German Cyclists’ Association ADFC again presented its Bicycle Travel Analysis at this year’s ITB Berlin, the world’s leading tourism fair. This annual analysis provides some of the best data available on cycling tourism and is based on several polls with more than 7,500 responses from German cyclists.

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France and EuroVelo 6 win at the EuroVelo Cycling Tourism Awards

21.03.2019

The second annual EuroVelo Cycle Tourism Awards were held at ITB Berlin 2019 on Friday 8 March. EuroVelo 6 – Atlantic-Black Sea was recognised as the ‘Most Popular EuroVelo Route’ of 2018 while, for a second year in a row, France took the honour as the ‘Most Popular Cycle Tourism Country’.

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Open call to host the EuroVelo Conference 2020!

14.03.2019

The European Cyclists´ Federation (ECF) is looking for a city/region to host the next EuroVelo Conference in 2020. The EuroVelo Conference is the premier event of its class in Europe. Aiming to gather professionals from the (cycling) tourism sectors from around the world.

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Updated itineraries for EuroVelo 2 and EuroVelo 11 in Poland

28.02.2019

In December 2018, the Mazowieckie Voivoidship adopted a new land-use plan including updated itineraries for EuroVelo 2 – Capitals Route and EuroVelo 11 – East Europe Route in the region. This is very good news for EuroVelo as it shows political recognition of the European Cycle Route Network in Poland!

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EuroVelo could benefit from European Parliament’s proposed €300 million budget for sustainable tourism

27.02.2019

European public and private tourism stakeholders gathered on 24 January 2019 in Brussels for the European Tourism Manifesto for Growth & Jobs meeting hosted by The European Travel Commission. The meeting was co-chaired by ECF Advocacy & EuroVelo Director Ádám Bodor.

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Valencia region invests in EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route

26.02.2019

In January, the Government of the Autonomous Region of Valencia unveiled plans for the development of the Valencian section of EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route. Labelled by Minister Maria José Salvador as the “Mediterranean bicycle corridor”, the cycling itinerary stretches more than 500km across the three Spanish coastal provinces that form the Valencia region.

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EU’s tourism conference showcases EuroVelo

15.02.2019

The European Commission is organising a “Showcase Conference on Tourism” on 19 March in Brussels. The conference aims to highlight tourism projects supported by the EU under the programme for small and medium-sized enterprises (COSME) and EuroVelo has been selected among a number of COSME funded projects to be showcased during the event.

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A year of record growth for EuroVelo websites

30.01.2019

Last year was successful for the entire EuroVelo web platform with record-breaking numbers of visitors. The ever-increasing growth of our platform reflects and supports the growth of the cycle tourism industry generally.

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Most read EuroVelo articles of 2018

During the year, we publish different types of written content on our two websites. From discovering beautiful locations along EuroVelo routes, to big annual events and plenty of inspirational travel stories about Europe or global cycle tours. Here is a list of the most read articles of 2018 for EuroVelo.com and EuroVelo.org!

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UNESCO Workshop: bringing cycling tourism and cultural heritage together

29.01.2019

If you want to find out how cycling tourism can benefit cultural heritage do not miss the UNESCO Workshop that is taking place in Jelling, Denmark on 25th April!  This original event will look at the challenges faced by cultural heritage sites when their numbers of visitors increase and the solutions that cycling can provide.

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Major new developments along EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route: Part 2

24.01.2019

Last month, we had started to introduce the pilots that the MEDCYCLETOUR project partners from 7 different countries (Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece and Cyprus) are conducting along EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route. We invite you now to read about two other types of pilots: the development of intermodality schemes and the setting up of national Cycling Friendly Services Networks!

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EuroVelo at ITB Berlin 2019

EuroVelo will be returning to the Messe Berlin exhibition grounds for the 2019 edition of ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show, which will be held on 6-10 March, 2019. You are all invited to visit us at the Hall 4.1 booth 256 and to join the Cycling Tourism Day!

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Register for the EuroVelo Route Inspectors Training Course 2019

22.01.2019

The ECF has opened registration for the next EuroVelo Route Inspectors Training Course. The training will be based on the European Certification Standard (ECS) for long-distance cycle routes. It will take place at the ECF offices in Brussels (Belgium) on 18-19 March.

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Sustrans’ new vision for the National Cycle Network

17.01.2019

Sustrans, National EuroVelo Coordinator in the UK, ‘relaunched’ their National Cycle Network (NCN) at the end of 2018 with an ambitious Vision for the development of the network over the coming decades. The NCN, one of the original inspirations for EuroVelo, is over 23 years old now and so Sustrans first decided to get a better understanding of the current status of the network.  During a two-year-long audit, they reviewed the condition of 26,675 km and now have a complete overview of what needs to be improved and where.

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Major new developments along EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route: Part 1

18.12.2018

In the frame of the MEDCYCLETOUR (EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route) project, the partners from 7 different countries (Spain, France, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Greece and Cyprus) are improving their sections of the route by conducting four types of pilots. Discover two of them in this article!

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Transnational agreement renewed for the promotion of EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route

17.12.2018

Frankfurt was the host destination for the annual Steering Committee meeting that took place on 16 November between partners of the EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route Long Term Management Agreement (LTMA).

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2018 EuroVelo Year In Review

14.12.2018

The end of the year is fast approaching, which provides a good opportunity to look back over what has been a successful year for EuroVelo. Big events, important network developments and new members shaped 2018. This is EuroVelo’s year in review.

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EuroVelo Dates For Your Diary 2019

11.12.2018

As the year comes to an end, the European cycle route network is truly alive and kicking, ready to build on its successes for 2019! Here are some special dates to look forward to for next year.

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COSME project meeting concludes in the heart of France

28.11.2018

All of the 8 regional project partners cooperating on the development of EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route as a transnational and cultural long-distance cycle route gathered in Paris on 6-7 November for their second project meeting.

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Andalusia hosts the 25th Anniversary of Spanish Greenways

27.11.2018

Various national and international cycle tourism experts gathered in Seville on the 22-23 October 2018 for the “Conference 25th Anniversary Spanish Greenways”. The ECF was represented by EuroVelo’s Business Development Officer, Jesus Freire, who presented under the slogan of “Creando redes, uniendo fuerzas” (literally: “creating networks, uniting forces”) emphasizing the cooperation between Greenways (Vías Verdes) and EuroVelo as the basis of a future National Cycle Route Network and the results of numerous EuroVelo related projects that are being implemented in Spain.

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Algarve’s shoreline plays host to AtlanticOnBike partners’ meeting

The partners of the AtlanticOnBike project came together on 16-18 October in Faro, Portugal to report on their activities in their 3rd meeting. The AtlanticOnBike is a three-year project that aims to develop and promote a sustainable European tourism destination based on one of Europe’s most fascinating long-distance cycle routes, the EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route. The project intends to stimulate local economic growth by developing car free cycle tourism and attracting new visitors to the Atlantic Coast Area.

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Partners along the Mediterranean MEDCYCLETOUR meet in Izola

26.11.2018

The partners of the MEDCYCLETOUR project met on 4-5 October in Izola, Slovenia for their 4th steering committee meeting. MEDCYCLETOUR stands for “MEDiterranean Cycle route for sustainable coastal TOURism” and its focus is the development of the EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route. The overall objective of this project is to promote sustainable and responsible tourism in coastal areas across the Mediterranean, using the route to influence regional and national policies.

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Successful kick-off for a sustainable project!

25.10.2018

The kick-off meeting of the ECO-CICLE project started on Monday 8 October in Huelva, Spain, and two members of the EuroVelo Management team went to this beautiful Andalusian region to take part. Read this short report to discover how this project, which aims to make bicycle the official sustainable transport to access natural heritage, was officially launched! Read more…

Indian summer on Danish coast for Biking South Baltic! partners

19.10.2018

In early October, the partners in the Biking South Baltic! project met in autumnal sunshine in Rødvig on Denmark’s Baltic Sea coast to catch up on the latest activities and to plan for the remaining 14 months of the project.  Read more…

Last speakers of the afternoon plenary – Adam Bodor & Josep Rodriguez

04.10.2018

The afternoon plenary continued with presentations from Adam Bodor, Advocacy and EuroVelo director at the European Cyclists’ Federation, and Josep Rodriguez, European projects manager at the Barcelona Provincial Council. They focused on cycle tourism at the European and regional levels. Read more…

Alla Peressolova, speaker in the afternoon plenary session

The EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference’s formal programme ended with a very interesting plenary on cycle tourism. Four speakers took the stage in just one hour, talking about the legendary Silk Route, the future of cycle tourism in Europe and the cycle routes of the Barcelona Province, with a surprise guest at the end of the session. In this article we will talk about the first speaker of this session: Alla Peressolova. Read more…

Highlights – Perfect companions: cycle tourism and public transport

This session looked at how cycle tourism could connect to wider mobility networks. Research has shown that cyclists are more likely to choose public transport for their day-trips and/or reach their holiday destinations compared to the average tourist. Unfortunately however, it is often far from easy to combine different modes currently in Europe.  Read more…

Highlights: Effective cycle-network management

Maintaining and improving cycle networks is a crucial task in cycle tourism. Session E on “Effective Cycle-Network Management” provided an overview on important ingredients of this activity, such as infrastructure, the users, managing organizations, culture and the economy. Read more…

Highlights: Developing experiences, the future of cycle tourism products

Five international expert shared during the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018’s the best practices on developing cycle tourism experiences that meet a demanding market: unique experiences. In this post, you will find out more about the key factors to develop cycle tourism products, the latest developments of the candidates EuroVelo route EuroVelo 14 – Waters of Central Europe in Hungary and EuroVelo 19 – Meuse Cycle Route in Netherlands, developing the UK National Cycle Route Network and the opportunities that the market offer for the development of cycle tourism in Belgium.

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Highlights: Communicating the cycle tourism experience

Five international expert shared during the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018 the top innovations on communicating and promoting the cycle tourism experience in Europe and beyond. In this post, you will find out more about ‘Cycling in Flanders Project’, how to use social media, marketing strategies for long distance cycle routes, using software innovations and Israel Bike Trail.

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Highlights: Cycle highways and cycle tourism – is there a synergy?

The cycle highway session on the EuroVelo and cycle tourism conference focused on identifying synergies between cycle highways and cycle tourism. Adam Bodor, ECF Advocacy and EuroVelo Director, opened the session with stressing the importance of good quality cycling infrastructure for the development of cycle tourism. Read more…

Highlights – Blazing a trail: Innovation in cycle tourism

All the presentations in this session were linked to the theme for this year’s Conference: “Experiencing the Unique”.  It brought together examples of innovation in different fields, from governance to communication, which enable visitors to enjoy unforgettable experiences on two wheels. These.  Read more…

Adventurous bikepacker Josh Ibbett

The EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference’s morning plenary session featured 4 speakers, who gave three presentations all very different from each other. Josh Ibbett gave the attendees some tips in case they would like to start their own bike packing journey, explaining how he does it himself. Read more…

Keynote speakers Dries and Yuri

The EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference’s morning plenary session featured 4 speakers, who gave three presentations all very different from each other. Dries Henau & Yuri Vandenbogaerde explained the genesis of their unusual and successful shops WASBAR and Chez Claire, as well as some good practices for marketing. Read more…

Ward Segers, first plenary speaker of the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference

The EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference’s morning plenary session featured 4 speakers, who gave three presentations all very different from each other. Ward Segers, project coordinator at Toerisme Limburg, introduced the cycle node network in Limburg and explained how it is adding new experiences. Read more…

Opening of the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference

The EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018 was opened by Igor Philtjens, Chair of Tourism Limburg and the BLCB, Provincial Executive member for Tourism, Culture and Heritage, and Christophe Najdovski, President of the European Cyclists’ Federation and Deputy Mayor of Paris. After official pictures were taken and they were offered a EuroVelo jersey, they both gave a 10 minutes speech as representatives of the two entities organizing the Conference this year: Tourism Limburg, hosting the Conference in Hasselt, and the European Cyclists’ Federation’s, managing the content. Read more…

Introducing the afternoon plenary speakers at the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018

24.09.2018

The EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018 will take place in Limburg, Belgium on 26-28 September. In this article, we present you the speakers who will speak at the afternoon plenary session on 27 September, ending the day’s formal programme. Visit the Conference’s website to find out more about the conference and discover the full programme here! Read more…

Full house at the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference!

17.09.2018

With more than 150 registered participants, which is twice the number of the previous edition, the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018 is sold out. We are delighted to welcome visitors from 30 different countries to Limburg on 26-28 September, and we believe that this edition of the Conference will be the best yet! Read more…

Last 24 hours to register for the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference!

10.09.2018

The EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018 is almost at our doors, and the registrations are closing tomorrow, 12 September! There are only 20 seats left and no registrations will be possible on the spot, so make sure to register in time for the premier cycle tourism event in Europe. In two weeks, speakers and participants from all around Europe will be heading toward Limburg for two days full of discoveries about the EuroVelo routes and cycle tourism in general. In this article, you will find a summary of the Conference’s programme. Read more…

Get to know the plenary speakers! Part 3: Dries & Yuri

03.09.2018

Before the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018, discover the plenary speakers in a series of mini-articles. Today we invite you to meet Dries Henau and Yuri Vandenbogaerde. The least you can say of Dries & Yuri, the inventors of the WASBAR & Chez Claire concepts, is that they have a non-conformistic way of viewing things. They’re always on the hunt for new trends and flows in retail. In this inspirational keynote they will show you how they managed to add uniqueness to two rather mainstream products. Disruption is only one step away. The only thing you’ll have to do is to step out of your box. If you’re curious, make sure to attend the morning plenary session, from 9:20 to 10:45! Read more…

EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference Parallel Sessions: Session F – Perfect companions: cycle tourism and public transport

The EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018 will take place on 26-28 September. In this series of articles, we present you the six parallel sessions of the conference, in which speakers from 11 different nationalities will address cycle tourism topics such as innovations, communication, infrastructure and intermodality. All sessions are linked to the theme for this year’s Conference, which is “Experiencing the Unique”. Read more…

EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference Parallel Sessions: Session E – Effective cycle network management

The EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018 will take place on 26-28 September. In this series of articles, we present you the six parallel sessions of the conference, in which speakers from 11 different nationalities will address cycle tourism topics such as innovations, communication, infrastructure and intermodality. All sessions are linked to the theme for this year’s Conference, which is “Experiencing the Unique”. Read more…

EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference Parallel Sessions: Session D – Developing experiences: The future of cycle tourism products

The EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018 will take place on 26-28 September. In this series of articles, we present you the six parallel sessions of the conference, in which speakers from 11 different nationalities will address cycle tourism topics such as innovations, communication, infrastructure and intermodality. All sessions are linked to the theme for this year’s Conference, which is “Experiencing the Unique”. Read more…

EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference Parallel Sessions: Session C – Communicating the cycle tourism experience

The EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018 will take place on 26-28 September. In this series of articles, we present you the six parallel sessions of the conference, in which speakers from 11 different nationalities will address cycle tourism topics such as innovations, communication, infrastructure and intermodality. All sessions are linked to the theme for this year’s Conference, which is “Experiencing the Unique”. Read more…

EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference Parallel Sessions: Session B – Cycle highways and cycle tourism: Is there a synergy?

The EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018 will take place on 26-28 September. In this series of articles, we present you the six parallel sessions of the conference, in which speakers from 11 different nationalities will address cycle tourism topics such as innovations, communication, infrastructure and intermodality. All sessions are linked to the theme for this year’s Conference, which is “Experiencing the Unique”.

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EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference Parallel Sessions: Session A – Blazing a trail: Innovation in cycle tourism

The EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018 will take place on 26-28 September. In this series of articles, we present you the six parallel sessions of the conference, in which speakers from 11 different nationalities will address cycle tourism topics such as innovations, communication, infrastructure and intermodality. All sessions are linked to the theme for this year’s Conference, which is “Experiencing the Unique”. Read more…

Last chance to register for the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018!

28.08.2018

The EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018 will take place in Limburg, Belgium on 26-28 September. The deadline for registering is fast approaching (12 September 2018), so don’t delay and register here for the conference. Read more…

Introducing the morning plenary speakers at the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018

27.08.2018

The EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018 will take place in Limburg, Belgium on 26-28 September. In this article, we will introduce you to the speakers who will be opening the conference during the morning plenary session on 27 September. Visit the Conference’s website to find out more about the conference and make sure to register here before 12 September! Read more…

Get to know the plenary speakers! Part 2: Josh Ibbett

24.08.2018

Before the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018, discover the plenary speakers in a series of mini-interviews. Today we invite you to meet Josh Ibbett who will give, in the morning plenary session, a presentation titled “Ever wonder what goes in an around-the-world bikepacking kit?” Read more…

Get to know the plenary speakers! Part 1: Ward Segers

Before the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018, discover the plenary speakers in a series of mini-interviews. We begin with Ward Segers from Toerisme Limburg who will give, in the morning plenary session, a presentation titled “The cycle node network in Limburg, adding new experiences”! Read more…

EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference programme

01.08.2018

It is time to disclose the programme of the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018! The European Cyclists’ Federation and Toerisme Limburg are very pleased to welcome more than 40 speakers in Hasselt on 26-28 September 2018. Read more…

North West Greenway Network Project: good news for EuroVelo 1

30.07.2018

Two EuroVelo routes are crossing Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route and EuroVelo 2 – Capitals Route. But leisure cycling and cycle tourism are relatively new pastimes in those regions. Cycling needs to be promoted in order to encourage people to change their habits and switch to the bicycle for short journeys and longer leisure trips – reducing at the same time the amount of carbon dioxide produced. Read more…

Become a sponsor of the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018!

The EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference presents exciting networking, marketing and sponsorship opportunities. Becoming a sponsor of the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference means making contact with professionals of the tourism sector from all over Europe and beyond – experts tied to universities, private companies and governmental organisations with wide networks. Read more…

Discover the ECO-CICLE project: European network for the promotion of cycle tourism in natural areas

Members of the County Council of Huelva, including the President Ignacio Caraballo, came to the ECF office in Brussels last month for a meeting with the European Cyclists’ Federation about the ECO-CICLE project. ECO-CICLE, the new European network for the promotion of cycle tourism in natural areas, aims to improve natural and cultural heritage policies. Read more…

15th international cycle tour “WEEK of CYCLETOURISM” along EuroVelo 4 – Central Europe Route

20.07.2018

More than 50 participants from Czechia, Slovakia, Austria and other countries went on a cycle tour on 19-26 May to launch the traditional “WEEK of CYCLETOURISM” event, organized every year by the Czech Environmental Partnership Foundation Nadace Partnerství on EuroVelo 4 – Central Europe Route. It is the longest EuroVelo route in Czechia: over 900 km, crossing the entire country. Read more…

Cycle tourism at Velo-city 2018

28.06.2018

At this year’s Velo-city conference in Rio de Janeiro, each of the four days featured a session on cycle tourism. The second day of the conference even included a plenary on cycle tourism – a first for a Velo-city conference! If you could not make it to Rio then this article aims to give you a little overview of what took place in those sessions. Read more…

New ECF president attends the launch of the Scandibérique

27.06.2018

The French part of EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route was launched on June 1st in Bobigny, Seine-Saint-Denis. The event was attended by Christophe Najdovski who was appointed president of the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) during its AGM on 19 May. Indeed, it was his first public appearance since becoming president! Read more…

EuroVelo at the Med Community Midterm Conference in Rome

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The “Med Sustainable Tourism Community’s Community Building event and Midterm Conference” took place in Rome on 29-30 May. EuroVelo was in on it, presenting the MedCycleTour project, which is based on EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route. Read more…

EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018: Registration is open

19.06.2018

The registration for the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018 that will take place in Belgian Limburg on September 26th – 28th is open! You can now register here. Read more…

Velo-city day 4: Creating successful cycle tourism routes

18.06.2018

The final cycle tourism session at this year’s Velo-city was an interactive workshop on developing cycle tourism routes. The participants were given the opportunity to stretch their legs and express their view of how appropriate various examples of infrastructure were for different target groups by moving to the four corners of the room. Read more…

Velo-city day 3: Cycle tourism

15.06.2018

Thursday’s session on cycle tourism showcased experiences from around the globe. The first presentation by Anna Gurnhill, Global Operations Manager at CycleLife HQ, gave an overview of the company’s research on global cycle tourism destinations centred around the following questions:

  • What is the scope and size of the market?
  • What are the industry conditions?
  • What are the challenges?
  • What are the better practices?
  • What’s the path to success?

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Velo-city day 2: Cycle Tourism (afternoon plenary)

14.06.2018
The second day of Velo-city concluded with a stimulating discussion about “Cycle Tourism”. It is the first time that a Velo-city conference has included a plenary on cycle tourism. This reflects the growing importance of this booming segment of the tourism market.

Velo-city day 1: Governance, the Wheels Behind Cycle Tourism

13.06.2018

The importance of good governance was the focus of the first of four sessions on cycle tourism during this year’s Velo-city.  Ádám Bodor, Advocacy and EuroVelo Director at the ECF, was the moderator for the session and explained that he was interested to hear the differences and the similarities between the European and the Latin American models. Read more…

Categories of EuroVelo routes

05.06.2018

We have noticed that the categories of EuroVelo routes are not always perfectly clear for everyone. This article aims to clarify the meanings of the different kinds of EuroVelo routes: certified, developed, under development and at the planning stage. We hope that this summary will be useful both for professionals working with us to improve the network and for cycling tourists planning their next journey! Read more…

Iron Curtain Trail Conference in Berlin

04.06.2018

On 4-5 May 2018, the EuroVelo team participated in the EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail Conference held in the German federal parliament. Representatives of 20 European states came to Berlin to discuss how to improve the Iron Curtain Trail (ICT). Green Member of the European Parliament Michael Cramer was there to present this project which he has been actively involved in since 2005. Read more…

Trieste welcomes the MEDCYCLETOUR project partners

25.05.2018

The partners of the three year MEDCYCLETOUR project met on 19-20 April in Trieste, Italy for their 3rd steering committee meeting. MEDCYCLETOUR stands for “MEDiterranean Cycle route for sustainable coastal TOURism” and its focus is the development of the EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route. The overall objective of this project is to promote sustainable and responsible tourism in coastal areas across the Mediterranean, using the route to influence regional and national policies. The project has a budget of €2.5 million. Read more…

Call for abstracts and new website for the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018!

The 4th edition of the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018 will be held in Belgian Limburg on 26-28 September 2018. This exciting event is expected to welcome over 150 participants and 20 speakers from different countries. Registration will open in early June, but the call for abstracts is now open and the website of the conference has been launched. All you need to know about the event is available here! Read more…

EuroVelo Route Inspectors Training in Letterkenny, Ireland

The latest EuroVelo Route Inspectors Training took place in Letterkenny, Ireland, on 23-24 April. More than 40 prospective EuroVelo route inspectors and the EuroVelo Management Team met in this charming town close to the Irish north-Atlantic shores for a busy training session.

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A bright future for EuroVelo 4 in France

24.05.2018

The French part of the EuroVelo 4 – Central Europe Route follows the shoreline of the English Channel and the North Sea for more than 1400km, from Brittany to the Belgian border. The western part of this route is already well developed, but some work is still needed in Normandy (where the itinerary is developed at 85%) and in Hauts-de-France (where it is developed at 45%). Following an initiative of partners from Brittany and Normandy, over 30 public actors met on 19th April to launch a steering committee for the project in 2019. Read more…

Blue Velo project: a new cycle route along the Oder river in Poland

18.05.2018

On the 20th April, the Marshal of Lubusz Province Elżbieta Anna Polak, together with the Marshals of other regions of Western Poland and Silesia, met in Wrocław to sign the agreement for the construction of the Blue Velo Bicycle Route. This 1000 km long route will follow the course of the Oder river from its source in the Czech Republic to its mouth at the Baltic coast and will form part of the EuroVelo 9 – Baltic-Adriatic. Read more…

Belgian Limburg to host the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018

07.05.2018

The European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) is pleased to announce that it has selected Belgian Limburg to host the fourth edition of the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference. The premier Cycle Tourism Conference in Europe will take place in Limburg (Belgium) on 26-28 September 2018.

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Transdanube.Pearls: 4th Partner Meeting in Vukovar, Croatia

04.05.2018

Over 30 people attended the latest meeting of the transnational Transdanube.Pearls project in the small but fascinating Croatian town of Vukovar on 21-22 March 2018 to discuss the project’s progress, goals and next steps. The EuroVelo team is to undertake a route survey of the Danube Cycle Path, which is a part of EuroVelo 6 – Atlantic-Black Sea, as part of this project.

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EuroVelo 3 – COSME project kicks off!

More than 15 participants from seven different countries came together on 11-12 April to discuss a new 18-month project focusing on EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route and funded by the European Commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME).

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EuroVelo attends the Swedish National Cycle Tourism Conference

20.04.2018

Sweden has a lot of potential for becoming a leading cycle tourism destination. It is home to four EuroVelo routes connecting the country’s vibrant towns and cities with its beautiful natural areas.  To help realise this potential, a National Cycle Tourism Conference was held on the 11th and 12th of April in Gothenburg to share experiences and best practices between all the participants. Read more…

The European Parliament proposes a budget line for tourism

28.03.2018

The Tourism for Growth and Jobs Manifesto was created in 2015 by Europe’s tourism actors, ECF included, to address the lack of political support for tourism policy within the European Commission. Since then, it has quickly established itself as an important lobbying tool for the tourism sector with the European institutions. Its efforts were rewarded on the 14th of March by the European Parliament which agreed that the EU budget for 2020 to 2027 should include a specific budget line for tourism. Read more…

ITB Berlin 2018

15.03.2018

The EuroVelo team returned to the world’s leading tourism travel show, the ITB in Berlin from 7-11 March. It is the occasion to promote cycle tourism to professionals and the general public in the largest cycle tourism market. The big development this year was the organisation of a Cycle Tourism Day together with the ADFC, the German Nationla EuroVelo Coordinator. As part of that day’s programme the EuroVelo Cycle Tourism Awards were launched. Read more…

ADFC presents latest cycle-tourism trends

12.03.2018

The German National Cyclists’ Association ADFC just presented its Bicycle Travel Analysis 2018 here at the ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel and tourism trade fair. The analysis revealed which routes and regions convinced cyclists in 2017 and what they plan to do this year. Moreover, regions could learn how the trend towards electric bicycles will affect them, and the ADFC awarded prizes to cycle routes and regions for their quality. Your EuroVelo correspondent explains the highlights. Read more…

The EuroVelo Cycle Tourism Awards go to France and EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route

09.03.2018

The inaugural EuroVelo Cycle Tourism Awards were held at ITB Berlin, in Germany on Friday 9th of March.  The awards were presented to France, as the most popular cycle tourism country, and EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route, as the most popular EuroVelo Route in 2017. Read more…

Three new national EuroVelo coordinators in 2018 – Welcome to the network!

01.03.2018

EuroVelo is honoured to welcome three new members to its network of National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators (NECC/Cs) this year. The new NECCs in Belgium and Hungary and the new NEC in Greece will strengthen the link between the European and the national and regional levels regarding cycle tourism. Read more…

New monitoring study on EuroVelo 1 launched in France

The partners operating “La Vélodyssée“, the French stretch of EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route, are set to launch a monitoring study on the usage of the route. In a team effort, the three regions and nine French departments also want to measure the route’s economic impact. The results are expected to be released next year. Read more…

EuroVelo 8 – New MedCycleTour website online

28.02.2018

We recently launched the new MedCycleTour project website to support the development of EuroVelo 8 – the Mediterranean Route. It is a long-distance cycle route that connects the whole Mediterranean from Cádiz to Athens and Cyprus. The overall objective of the MedCycleTour project is to use this route as a tool to influence regional and national policies in favour of sustainable and responsible tourism, providing transnational solutions in coastal areas across the Mediterranean. Read more…

ITB Berlin 2018 – Cycle Tourism Day

15.02.2018

EuroVelo will be attending ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel and tourism trade fair, on 7-11 March 2018. You are all invited to visit us at hall 4.1b, booth no. 245. The ITB will bring many innovations this year, including a Cycle Tourism Day on 9 March and the EuroVelo Cycle Tourism Awards. For more information and updates, please see below. Read more…

EuroVelo diary : learn about the upcoming events in 2018

30.01.2018

Last year was a successful year for EuroVelo, and we are happy to report that 2018 is also to be a busy and fascinating year. We have set out below the major events happening throughout the coming year for your calendars. Read more…