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EuroVelo review 2017: Read about successful stories that shaped the year

18.12.2017
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The end of the year is fast approaching, which provides a good opportunity to look back over what has been a successful year for EuroVelo. Great events, important achievements and unforgettable moments shaped 2017. This is EuroVelo’s year in review.

We are proud that three new projects related to EuroVelo routes kicked off this year. Their aim is to develop and promote cycle tourism by providing transnational tools to attract visitors. The first project, AtlanticOnBike, brings together partners from the countries crossed by The EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route.  The second project, Biking South Baltic, covers partners from the southern part of EuroVelo 10 – Baltic Sea Cycle Route. Finally, MedCycleTour tour comprises partners that work on the Eurovelo 8 – Mediterranean Route.

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Another great example on transnational cooperation is Velo-city, the world’s biggest cycle planning conference which is organised every year by the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF).  This year it took place in Arnhem and Nijmegen in June. For four days, the conference brought together specialists involved in policy, promotion and provision of bicycle facilities and programmes. There were numerous sessions related to cycle tourism and leisure cycling in which many of our National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators (NECC/Cs) featured.

A day before the launch of Velo City, many of the NECC/Cs met in Arnhem for their annual meeting. It was the occasion for them to network with each other, share their experiences and best practices. The aim was to ensure that the successful development of EuroVelo across the continent continues. We were also happy to welcome ConBici, the new national coordinator center in Spain, which joined our ranks during 2017.

The EuroVelo route inspectors training, which is organised by the ECF, took place in Seville this year, on the 20th – 21st April. Participants were trained on how to survey and certify a section of a EuroVelo route using the European Certification Standard – ECS – for long distance cycle route.

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Throughout the year, new routes were opened across the network such as the Waterford Greenway along the EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route in Ireland. It is the longest off-road cycling and walking trail in the country and can be found on the new EuroVelo map that was also released right at the start of the year.

In this spirit the EuroVelo Team wishes an excellent end of the year and hopes to see even more people cycling on EuroVelo routes in 2018!

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