Biking South Baltic Project- Bike Travels are on the Rise!

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Summer has just started, the school holidays are around the corner and there is already heavy traffic on the EuroVelo 10 – Baltic Sea Cycle Route. We know this because two new automatic bicycle counters which have been installed in Świnoujście and Rogowo on the Polish Baltic Coast in the frame of the Biking South Baltic project.  

On the weekend of the 19th – 21st May, 10,000 bicycle trips were recorded in these cities. On the 25th of May, 4,725 bike travels were counted at the automatic counter in Świnoujście alone. Over time it will be possible to assess how much cycle tourism is growing on these routes close to the German border, to monitor how bicycle tourism is developing and how it responds to various factors in the region (e.g. seasons, weather, events etc.).

The installation of the first two automatic bicycle counters in Świnoujście and Rogowo, was the first step in the Biking South Baltic Project. This project started in January of 2017 and will end in December 2019. The main objective of the project is to promote and develop the EuroVelo 10- The Baltic Sea Cycle Route in Denmark, Germany, Lithuania, Poland and Sweden and to monitor and enhance bicycle tourism along the route. The project is financed by the Interreg programme with a budget of close to 1 million euros.

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The ECF has prepared a Guidance on User Monitoring for organisations interested in collecting their own data about the users of their cycle routes. It is available to view here.