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EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route (MedCycleTour) transnational project approved

13.12.2016
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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.

The MedCycleTour project is based on EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route and aims to develop cycle tourism in the Mediterranean region by providing transnational tools to attract visitors.  Funded by the Interreg Mediterranen Programme, the project has a budget of over €2.5 million.

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The MedCycleRoute project will contribute to the development of the EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route by exchanging good practices; surveying the existing cycle route; developing regional and transnational action plans; preparing and publishing promotional material related to EuroVelo 8; and implementing pilot projects such as: signposting, monitoring systems to calculate the use and economic impact of the route, promotional tools (web sites, apps, etc.), cycle friendly schemes, etc.

´EuroVelo, the European cycle route network, is a perfect tool for increasing the number of cycle tourists around Europe and also improving life conditions of local people by creating business opportunities, jobs and improving local and regional mobility.  Our office already receives lots of inquiries about EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean route and I am sure that this interest will increase further if we can develop a cycle tourism product that connects this attractive region of Europe´

Adam Bodor, Director for Advocacy and EuroVelo, European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF)

Furthermore, the EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route is an excellent flagship project because its estimated economic impact once complete is €3,800 million per year (200 million cycle day trips and 2.3 million overnights trips by bike per year along the Mediterranean route) creating business opportunities and jobs.

According to a study commissioned by the European Parliament, cycle tourism already contributes over €43.000 million to the European economy every year. Furthermore, recent studies estimate that cycle tourism contributes over 450,000 jobs in Europe.

 

Country Overnight trips Economic impact (million Euro)
Cyprus N/A 1
France 4,010,000 7,490
Greece 230,000 420
Italy 1,050,000 2,050
Slovenia 70,000 180
Spain 890,000 1,620

Source: The European Cycle Route Network EuroVelo Study. Directorate General for Internal Policies. European Commission. www.eurovelo.org/donwloads/studies

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Project Partnership:

Lead by the Andalusian Government – Agency of Public Works, Andalusian Ministry of Development and Housing- (Spain), the project has 10 partners from 7 countries: European Cyclists´ Federation (Belgium), Cyprus Tourism Organisation (Cyprus), Alpes Maritimes (France), Catalonia Region (Spain),  Western Greece (Greece), Friuli Venezia Giulia Region (Italy), Province of Mantova (Italy), Regional Development Center of Koper (Slovenia), Croatian National Tourism Board (Croatia) and the Cluster for Eco-social Innovation and Development (Croatia).

The project also includes 8 associated partners: Liguria Region, City Council of Mantova, Emilia-Romagna Region, Province of Ferrara, Italian National Tourism Board, Girona Greenways Consortium, Veneto Region and Province of Malaga.

For more information about EuroVelo please visit: www.eurovelo.com

 

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