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Combining cycling with public transport: new EuroVelo guidance document published

19.12.2017
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in the frame of the ongoing Transdanube.Pearls project, a new EuroVelo manual has been published providing guidance on measures that can be introduced across Europe to encourage the combination of cycling with public transport.

The latest in the EuroVelo Publication Series is based on the best practices taken from across Europe and is available to download from this website.

When communicating the network the ECF always highlight the connections between the EuroVelo routes and public transport networks. Studies have shown that cycle tourists are more likely to use public transport in comparison with average tourists.

Most locations in Europe are accessible by public transport; however, the terms and conditions for combining the different modes, particularly in terms of bike carriage, can vary considerably.

This new guidance aims to identify the main measures that should be implemented by public transport operators, public authorities and other relevant stakeholders to encourage combined bike and public transport journeys. The recommendations apply to both the buses, trains, ferries, aeroplanes themselves as well as the supporting buildings and infrastructure (i.e. stations, terminals, ports etc.)

The guidance is structured with general recommendations that apply to all (or most) modes at the beginning followed by some mode-specific recommendations.

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Public transport has been defined as being forms of transport that are available to the public, charge set fares, and run on fixed routes. Although aeroplanes do not meet the above definition they have been included in this manual due to their continuing importance in providing connections across Europe, particularly over longer distances.  Nevertheless, it should be highlighted that combining cycling with buses, trains and ferries has a far smaller ecological footprint compared to combining it with flying.

This guidance aims to cover bike and public transport combinations for both touristic and everyday mobility purposes; however, in some cases the needs of these different groups can be different.

Please note that the manual is not designed for users who wish to use these services. For this, the ECF always advise contacting the relevant service provider in advance.

The Transdanube.Pearls project aims at developing socially fair, economically viable, environmentally friendly and health promoting mobility services for the visitors of the Danube region.  The three-year project is co-financed by the Danube Transnational Programme.  For more information, visit the website.