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New ECF president attends the launch of the Scandibérique

27.06.2018
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The French part of EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route was launched on June 1st in Bobigny, Seine-Saint-Denis. The event was attended by Christophe Najdovski who was appointed president of the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) during its AGM on 19 May. Indeed, it was his first public appearance since becoming president!

The event also gathered Stéphane Beaudet, vice-president of the Île-de-France region, Stéphane Troussel, president of the Seine-Saint-Denis department, and Frédérique Denis, vice-president of the newly renamed Vélo & Territoires, the French National EuroVelo Coordination Centre.  After the ceremony, they all got on their bikes to cycle on a short stretch of the route along the Canal de l’Ourcq.

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EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route connects Trondheim in Norway to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, following several historic pilgrims’ routes. When the route is fully developed, 5,100km of cycle routes will link those faraway cities, crossing 7 countries. The French section of the route is the longest – 1,700km from the North to the South of the country, crossing 20 departments and 6 regions– and within France will be known as Scandibérique.

Christophe Najdovski had cycled from Paris to Bobigny to join the event, a ride of about 45 minutes. He commented that the Scandibérique (EuroVelo 3) creates a strong mobility link between the French territories at the metropolitan level. With its attractiveness and touristic potential, it unifies the Île-de-France region’s departments both regarding cycle tourism and long term trips, but also daily mobility.

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© Vélo & Territoires

In other news from France, the National EuroVelo Coordination Centre announced a change in their name on 1st June, during their own AGM. Previously called the DRC (Départements & Régions Cyclables), they have changed to Vélo & Territoires. This name is shorter, easier to remember and it reflects the organization’s commitment to federate the French regions and departments in the common goal of implementing the remaining 7,750km of cycle routes of the EuroVelo network in France, as explained Chrystelle Beurrier, chairwoman of Vélo & Territoires.

They also created a new logo, which asserts more effectively the network’s values and symbolizes the bond between the territories and the bicycle, and between the territories themselves through the cycle routes. The logo’s colors also have meanings: green for sustainable development, mobility and cycle tourism; blue for Europe.

DRC change name

Read more about the launch of the Scandibérique:

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