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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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EuroVelo search engine for bookable offers is live!

13.10.2016

Developed through the SilverCyclists project, the EuroVelo.com 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

04.10.2016

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

23.09.2016

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

21.09.2016

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

20.09.2016

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

10.08.2016

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

29.07.2016

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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2016 EuroVelo Certification Training Course

28.07.2016

This year again, between the 7th & 8th July 2016, the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) organised its Certification Training Course in Brussels, on the European Certification Standard. The 17 participants from different European countries learned about the certification process of the routes.

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EuroVelo 1 Atlantic Interreg Project submitted

04.07.2016

Following the fruitful preparation of the ‘AtlanticOnBike’ project proposal meeting in Biarritz, the lead project partner Pyrénées Atlantiques has submitted the Expression of Interest to the Interreg Atlantic Area’s Joint Technical Secretariat.

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Bookable offers for Silver Cyclists

In the context of the Silver Cyclists project, the 7 involved partners have developed a set of bookable offers aimed at senior cyclists. The 16 pilots from 5 different countries use the EuroVelo network as a backbone, going on the EuroVelo 8, 10, 13 and 15 routes.

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EuroVelo at the TEN-T Days Event in Rotterdam

01.07.2016

Following the enthusiastic reaction to the ECF’s EuroVelo booth at the TEN-T Days event in Riga in 2015, the team returned again this year to promote the fact that measures related to EuroVelo routes and cycling generally can now be included in TEN-T projects.  The TEN-T Days took place in Rotterdam this time, due to the Netherlands hosting the Presidency of the Council of the European Union and brings together some of the major figures related to transport in Europe.

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New National EuroVelo Coordinator in Austria!

27.06.2016

EuroVelo welcomes the addition of the latest national coordinator to the European cycle route network. The organisation ‘Radlobby’ will be in charge of coordinating the national efforts in Austria.

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EuroVelo 5 project kick-off meeting in Canterbury

01.06.2016

The EuroVelo 5 – Via Rome Francigena project was officially 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 on the Via Romea Francigena pilgrims route and its importance to our shared European cultural heritage.

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EuroVelo Certification Training Course 2016

31.05.2016

This year, the annual EuroVelo certification training course will take place between Thursday 7th and Friday 8th July 2016. During the two days participants will be trained in how to correctly certify a section of a EuroVelo route.

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Research on the public health benefit of new walking and cycling routes

27.05.2016

According to a recent report by the British National EuroVelo Coordinator, Sustrans, called Fit For Life, the construction of new walking and cycling routes has clear public health benefits, especially regarding physical activity.

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Cycling and spa tourism: a winning combination

On the 25th May, EuroVelo’s Ed Lancaster gave a presentation at the European Spa Association’s (ESPA) Annual Congress on the many benefits of combining cycling and spa tourism.  As Ed pointed out, this combination is already proving to be a success is many parts of Europe.

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Latest report on the number of cyclists on French cycle routes shows increases on EuroVelos 1, 6 and 17

19.05.2016

The French organisation ‘Départements et Régions Cyclables’ (DRC) has presented its latest statistics on the number of users of French cycle routes in 2015. Compared with the figures collected in previous years in their ‘national frequenting platform’ PNF, the report found an increase in the number of users, especially on the EuroVelo routes 1, 6 and 17.

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Study of the European Commission – digital technologies within tourism SMEs

09.05.2016

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs is conducting a research study related to the use of digital technologies within tourism SMEs across the European Union.

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Silver Cyclists consortium met in Madrid

29.04.2016

The Silver Cyclists project reached the half way point in the month of April with a second project meeting. Hosted by the Spanish Railways Foundation in Madrid on April 7th-8th, partners from 7 different European countries attended this fruitful meeting in order to monitor the project implementation. The meeting focused on the work developed so far with a special look into the next steps.

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Three new national EuroVelo coordinators in 2016 – Welcome to the network!

22.04.2016

This year, EuroVelo is honoured to welcome three new members to its network of National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators.  The new NECCs in Denmark and Serbia and the new NEC in Slovenia will make the link between the European and the national and regional levels regarding cycling tourism.

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Cycling one of the main reasons for going on holiday in 2015

15.04.2016

The European Commission recently published a new Flash Eurobarometer on tourism. This survey highlights the importance of cycling tourism in the general tourism market.

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The role of cycling tourism highlighted in ‘Attracting investment in tourism’ conference

08.04.2016

On the 5th April 2016, the European Commission organised a high level conference on attracting investment in tourism. The conference focused on several important aspects, including financing, upgrading skills and improving the business environment, in order to strengthen the competitiveness of the European tourism sector.  And cycle tourism featured prominently in the discussions!

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First steps taken towards EuroVelo 13 App

07.04.2016

Project partners from the EU-supported Iron Curtain Trail Experience (ICTE) project met in Znojmo in the Czech Republic last month.  Top of the agenda was the development of a new application for smart phones and tablets covering the most developed sections of this long distance cycle route.

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EuBike – connecting cyclists and tourism providers to support the development of cyclotourism

The EuBike project connects tourism providers and cyclist tourists in order to improve tourism offers aimed at cyclists.  With the goal of improving the overall quality of cycling tourism, the project developed an electronic learning programme and also encouraged tourism providers and cyclists to provide feedback on good practice.

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Cycling tourism at the Velocity in Taipei

31.03.2016

This year Velo-city travelled to Asia or the first time ever, with the latest edition of the premier international planning conferences on cycling taking place in Taipei, Taiwan at the end of February and beginning of March.  As always cycling tourism featured prominently in the programme and the following article provides an overview of the key discussions if you were not able to make it.

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European Cyclist’s Federation approves extension of European cycle route in Portugal

16.03.2016

EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route is a long distance cycle route currently running between Nordkap in northern Norway and Sagres in Southwestern Portugal.  Following an application submitted by the Portuguese Federation of Cycletourism and Bicycle Users (FPCUB) it has been announced that from the 1st July 2016 the route will extend from Sagres all the way along the Portuguese Atlantic Coast to Caminha on the Portuguese/Spanish border.

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EuroVelo panel discussion ‘Cycling for all’ at the ITB Berlin 2016

11.03.2016

During the ITB Berlin 2016, the world’s leading tourism trade fair, the ECF organized a panel discussion on an increasingly important topic when it comes to bike tourism: ‘Cycling for all’ or how cycle tourism has moved into the mainstream and is now appealing to wide target groups.  Below is a little summary of what was said.

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EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route is expected to be the third most frequently chosen cycle destination for 2016 in Germany, EuroVelo6 brand appears on the radar of German cycle tourists

10.03.2016

On its bike tourism event on the ITB in Berlin, the Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrradclub (ADFC) has revealed that the EuroVelo 15 is the third most frequently chosen cycle destination among German bike tourists according their plans for 2016.

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New Road-Book for the Bicitalia 10 in Italy

09.03.2016

The Apulia Region in Italy has published a new road-book for the Bicitalia route 10. The road-book covers the whole Bourbon Cycle Route, from Bari to Naples and Matera in the south of Italy and should give some indications to users on which itinerary to follow.

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The Rhone Cycle Route joins the EuroVelo network

08.03.2016

The Rhone Cycle Route has become the first new route to join EuroVelo, the European cycle route network, since 2011. The long distance cycle route, which follows the course of the River Rhone through Switzerland and France, has now officially become EuroVelo 17 – Rhone Cycle Route.

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Panel Discussion at ITB Berlin 2016: Cycling for all!

01.03.2016

Cycling tourism is an enormous business. According to a study commissioned by the European Parliament, cycling tourism’s contribution to the European economy is over 43 billion euros. It means that every year in Europe, cycling tourism generates over 20 million overnight trips and employs over 400,000 people.

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