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Putting EuroVelo 10 on the map: The Biking South Baltic! project

29.03.2017
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A new Interreg South Baltic project kicked off in February, which focuses on the southern section of EuroVelo 10 – Baltic Sea Cycle Route.  The ECF joins partners from Poland, Germany and Denmark to develop and promote the section of the route between Copenhagen and Gdańsk.

The concept is to develop EuroVelo 10 as a cross-border, sustainable, well-recognised cycle tourism product utilising the natural and cultural tourist resources of South Baltic areas’ coastal regions.  Building cross-border cooperation in the field of cycling tourism between South Baltic countries will increase the sustainability of tourism in the whole region.

The project’s activities include:

  • Establishing the long-term, cross-border, sustainable and knowledge-based development of the Baltic Sea Cycle Route, as a flagship active tourism product in South Baltic area.
  • Increasing the visibility of South Baltic area as a cycle tourist destination and improving the access to the tourism information of active tourism products/services in this region.
  • Increasing the South Baltic area’s international recognition as an attractive, active tourism destination with the flagship cycle tourism product – Baltic Sea Cycle Route – connecting the numerous natural and cultural heritage sites, tourist attractions and resorts.
  • Improving the attractiveness of the South Baltic area for active tourism by testing, implementing, evaluating and disseminating new, innovative and eco-friendly solutions/services for the Baltic Sea Cycle Route infrastructure. Planned actions under this work package will increase the cycle tourists safety and satisfaction from the regional tourism offer together with protecting nature from any negative effects of increased numbers of tourists.

The main project partners met in Gdańsk at the end of February to kick off the project.  The following day the lead partner – Pomorskie Tourist Board – organised a conference for local stakeholders to introduce the project to local stakeholders and to highlight the many benefits of cycle tourism.

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The three year project has a total eligible budget of €988,036.69.  The partners in the project are:

  • Pomorskie Tourist Board (Poland) Lead partner
  • Pomorskie Voivodeship (Poland)
  • Zachodniopomorskie Voivodeship (Poland)
  • European Cyclists’ Federation (Belgium)
  • Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Tourism Board (Germany)
  • Centre for Regional and Tourism Research (Denmark)
  • Danish Cycling Tourism (Denmark)