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EuroVelo goes to North America!

24.05.2012
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Adam Bodor, the ECF Director of EuroVelo, Cycling Tourism and Regional Policy will be a keynote speaker at this year’s Velo-city Global in Vancouver.  Find out what he will be saying and how you can still get involved.

Velo-city is the world’s premier conference for cycling planning and attracts around a thousand delegates every year.  For the first time, this year’s conference will be taking place outside of Europe, in the lively Canadian city of Vancouver.  It seemed the perfect occasion to bring EuroVelo, the European cycle route network, to a global audience!

“I am looking forward to talking about EuroVelo to the many delegates that will be there from North America” Adam says.  “It’s the first time that we’ve had the opportunity to promote it outside of Europe, so it will be interesting the see the reaction.

I’ll be describing the European experience of cycling tourism – the different types of cycle tourists, the infrastructure and services that they need and of course highlighting the many benefits that it brings to the local communities along the routes.  I’ll also be providing some examples of best practice, such as the current Demarrage Project, which is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through Interreg IVB, and is developing various tools for promoting EuroVelo 15 – the Rhine Route.

And I will definitely be encouraging everyone to come to Europe and find out more for themselves!”

Adam will be giving his keynote speech on Thursday 28th June as part of a session on ‘Sustainability and Cycling Tourism’.  He will be speaking alongside Jean-Francois Pronovost, Vice-President of Velo Quebec who will be introducing the highly successful the Route Verte.  Established the same year as EuroVelo (1995), when completed, the Route Verte will comprise 4,000 kilometres of bikeways linking the various regions of Québec.

There are several other cycling tourism events during the four day conference, which runs from Tuesday 26th until Friday 29th June.  For example, Melanie Wicht Matas will be running a workshop on the main outputs of the Demarrage project, including the dedicated route web portal and a route certification process, both of which can be used on other EuroVelo routes. This workshop is entitled ‘Demarrage – the transnational Rhine Cycle Route Capitalisation Outbound: Sharing our project results’ and will take place on the afternoon of Thursday 28th June.

There are still tickets available for Velo-city Global if you would like to be a part of the action and there is a reduced rate if you register before 15th June.  For more information visit the official event website.