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Indian summer on Danish coast for Biking South Baltic! partners

19.10.2018
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In early October, the partners in the Biking South Baltic! project met in autumnal sunshine in Rødvig on Denmark’s Baltic Sea coast to catch up on the latest activities and to plan for the remaining 14 months of the project. 

There was much to catch up on since the previous meeting in Kołobrzegin, Poland:

  • The initial findings of the surveys of users that had been undertaken over the summer months in Poland, Denmark and Germany. The questions were based on a common methodology that has been developed together with partners in the MEDCYCLETOUR (EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route) and AtlanticOnBike (EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route) projects.  A full report will be published over the coming months.
  • A database of tourism attractions along the section of the route covered by the project has been developed for tourism professionals.
  • Preparations continue on a long-term strategy of route development, visualisation and promotion. This will incorporate the findings of the user surveys and the route surveys and action plans that were produced by each of the partners earlier in the project.

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There is still lots to be done over the coming year, including:

  • Further cooperation with tour operators (package preparation)
  • Study tours – planned dates and potential participants
  • Presentation at the ITB Berlin 2019 and Velo-city 2019 in Dublin.
  • Promotion of the BikingSouthBaltic! ‘movie’, which is nearing completion
  • Launch of the new EuroVelo 10 – Baltic Sea Cycle Route transnational website.

The project partners were joined by representatives of Kłajpeda Municipality in Lithuania (an associated partner of the project), who were keen to find out more information about the activities in the project and the possibilities for closer cooperation.

The meeting took place in the beautiful Rødvig Kro & Badehotel, which is located directly on the route of EuroVelo 10 – Baltic Sea Cycle Route and has been certified as being cyclist-friendly by the ADFC’s Bett+Bike system.

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Following the meeting the participants had the opportunity to cycle some of the local sections of the route to visit Stevns Klint, which has recently been added to the UNESCO list of world heritage sites.  This geological site comprises a 15 km-long fossil-rich coastal cliff, offering exceptional evidence of the impact of the Chicxulub meteorite that crashed into the planet at the end of the Cretaceous, about 65 million years ago. Plans are underway to make the site more accessible by bike and take advantage of the fact that an international cycle route passes its entrance.

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Learn more about the Biking South Baltic! project here.

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