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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!

As already mentioned on 1st February was the launch for the MedCycleRoute project which will contribute to the development of the EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route by exchanging good practices. We expect it to be an excellent flagship project as once it’s completed its estimated economic impact will be €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.

On the 8 – 12th March, the EuroVelo Team will present EuroVelo and promote cycling tourism generally at the world’s leading tourism fair – the ITB Berlin. Our booth will be at the Hall 4.1. booth 235, so come along and see us, if you are attending. Furthermore, our new EuroVelo Overview Map will be presented. The last map from 2013 has been updated over the last couple of month and provides now a lot of new and more detailed information for the first planning stage of a cycling trip along the 15 EuroVelo routes.

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June is going to be a very busy and interesting month, especially for cyclist along the EuroVelo 15. After the international Conference in Taipeh last year this year Velo-City comes “back to the routes of cycling” during their days from 13th till 16th June in Arnhem and Nijmegen, close to the Rhine (even though the river is not being called Rhine in the Netherlands anymore). Velo-City is widely considered as the global cycling summit, designed to encourage cycling as part of daily transport and recreation.

In advance EuroVelo will use the event to hold its Annual National EuroVelo Coordination Centre and Coordinators meeting on the 12th June. On another spot along the Rhine – in Mannheim – one of the highlights of the 200th anniversary of the bicycle will take place just the days before. On the 10th and 11th June a fascinating two-day festival including artistic and cultural activities in the city centre is going to be realised. It’s just one of a lot of different events along the Rhine Cycle Route in 2017.

The EuroVelo Team is working for this 2017 to make the difference and we wish you all the best for 2017 with more people discovering Europe by bike!

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