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EuroVelo Route Inspectors Training in Letterkenny, Ireland

25.05.2018
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The latest EuroVelo Route Inspectors Training took place in Letterkenny, Ireland, on 23-24 April. More than 40 prospective EuroVelo route inspectors and the EuroVelo Management Team met in this charming town close to the Irish north-Atlantic shores for a busy training session.

The two-day training started with presentations explaining the European Certification Standard (ECS) methodology, EuroVelo’s process for the evaluation of long-distance cycle routes. Over the past few months, the ECF’s Infrastructure Officer Aleksander Buczyński has been thoroughly reviewing the ECS Manuals, and these were presented to the participants along with many practical examples for route inspectors (check out the annexes to the ECS). The ECS covers route Infrastructure as well as Services, Marketing and Promotion.

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On Day 2, the participants went on a bike ride on EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route to test using the ECS app, a software application that runs on smart phones or tablets and allows inspectors to easily collect the data. The hilly Irish landscape was sometimes a challenge on the rented bikes in addition to the left-hand traffic (for some of the visitors to Ireland), but the view was absolutely worth it.

The training was hosted by Donegal County Council, a partner in the AtlanticOnBike project, in cooperation with the ECF. Donegal County Council’s perfect organisation contributed significantly to the success of the training. After the results from the field-survey test and the written test had been assessed, the EuroVelo Management Team was happy to certify each participant of the training as a new EuroVelo Route Inspector.

For the final ceremony the participants were joined by Cllr. Jimmy Kavanagh, Mayor of the Letterkenny Municipal District Council, who personally presented each participant with their official certificate.

The route inspectors were encouraged to keep working with the materials (the long and short manuals as well as the annexes) and apply this methodology to evaluate or even certify long-distance cycle routes. “The participants in this year’s training came from all corners of Europe and were taking part for a variety of reasons but ultimately they all wanted to learn about the ECS to improve routes for cycle tourists,” says Ed Lancaster, Senior Policy Officer at the ECF. “We thank Donegal County Council and all the participants for making this the most successful training event yet.”

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