EuroVelo attends the Swedish National Cycle Tourism Conference


Sweden has a lot of potential for becoming a leading cycle tourism destination. It is home to four EuroVelo routes connecting the country’s vibrant towns and cities with its beautiful natural areas.  To help realise this potential, a National Cycle Tourism Conference was held on the 11th and 12th of April in Gothenburg to share experiences and best practices between all the participants.

Organisations from all over Europe were invited by Koucky & Partners to take part, ECF being one of them. The aim was to discuss and try to find ways on how cycle tourism could be further developed in Sweden and how it could benefit from it. Among them, the establishment of a National EuroVelo Coordination Centre (NECC/Cs) in cooperation with ECF members in Sweden Cykelfrämjandet.

After two days of discussions, it was agreed that all the Swedish actors need to have a common vision and strategy when it comes to cycle tourism. There should be a clear leadership between Regions and communes as well as a common set of requirement and policies for cycling infrastructure. By collaborating with each other, the cities and the countryside will be able to provide good services to the cyclists.

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It is also important to understand that, cycle tourism has changed over the past five years and moved into the mainstream and everything should be adapted accordingly. In order for them to plan their cycle trips in Sweden, there should be clear websites available with useful information on all levels, national, regional and local. Digital maps with GPS tracks should be easy to download and use. All the bike infrastructures should have basic services such as public bathrooms, tables, parking spaces on a reasonable distance. Finally, it should be made easy for cyclists to travel with their bikes on public transport and also reach their destinations easily.

By taking into account and implementing all the aspects and measures Sweden will be able to attract more cycle tourists and develop cycle tourism to its fullest.

Four EuroVelo routes pass through Sweden: EuroVelo 3 _ Pilgrims Route, EuroVelo 7 – Sun Route, EuroVelo 10 – Baltic Sea Cycle Route and EuroVelo 12 – North Sea Cycle Route.