New monitoring study on EuroVelo 1 launched in France


The partners operating “La Vélodyssée“, the French stretch of EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route, are set to launch a monitoring study on the usage of the route. In a team effort, the three regions and nine French departments also want to measure the route’s economic impact. The results are expected to be released next year.

The study seeks to answer questions like these: Who are the cyclists using the route? How many are there? What do they do during their cycling trip? How much do they spend? Are they satisfied with the facilities and services? What economic benefits do they generate? The monitoring effort also aims to identify strengths of the route as well as potential areas of improvement. It will also involve questionnaires that will integrate the common core questions for user surveys on EuroVelo routes developed by the ECF together with experts from around Europe.

“La Vélodyssée” is a cycle route crossing Brittany and moving along the French Atlantic Coast up until the Basque coast through a lively and wild landscape. It follows EuroVelo 1 – the Atlantic Coast Route, for 1,200 km, and covers the three regions Bretagne, Pays de la Loire, and Nouvelle-Aquitaine as well as the nine departments Finistère, Côtes-d’Armor, Ille-et-Vilaine, Morbihan, Loire-Atlantique, Vendée, Charente-Maritime, Gironde, Landes, and Pyrénées-Atlantiques. The study will be coordinated by the National EuroVelo Coordination Centre in France, Départements & Régions Cyclables (DRC).

EV1 dune pilat

It is also the pilot project for a study to be carried out on the entire European EuroVelo 1 route as part of the AtlanticOnBike project. As such, it is partly funded by the Interreg programme.

Regarding the methodology, the monitoring will be based on automatic bike counting data and an on-site survey, including manual counts, short interviews and self-administered questionnaires, among other things. The partners aim to collect 3,500 questionnaires, which will be available in five languages.

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