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Algarve’s shoreline plays host to AtlanticOnBike partners’ meeting

27.11.2018
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The partners of the AtlanticOnBike project came together on 16-18 October in Faro, Portugal to report on their activities in their 3rd meeting. The AtlanticOnBike is a three-year project that aims to develop and promote a sustainable European tourism destination based on one of Europe’s most fascinating long-distance cycle routes, the EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route. The project intends to stimulate local economic growth by developing car free cycle tourism and attracting new visitors to the Atlantic Coast Area.

20 partners from seven different countries (Norway, UK, Ireland, France, Spain, Portugal and Belgium) gathered to discuss their current progress on project activities. The meeting agenda centered around the European Cyclists’ Federation’s coordinated effort to survey the route according the European Certification Standard (ECS) which is used to certify EuroVelo routes and, additionally, serves as a quality assessment tool for national or regional routes.

Among the presentations by the ECF to the different partners was the new EuroVelo web development platform, which will refresh the look of the current EuroVelo route websites and further integrate them in the backend. Moreover, ECF also discussed the organized site visit to the route between Faro and the Spanish border. The key takeaway was that the Portuguese authorities plan to invest on the development of the route in the southern Algarve region. The route currently has areas offering great landscapes and traffic free segments (Eco-Vias), public roads with low traffic and great public transport connection (by train) along the section. However, there are some segments with heavy traffic and high speed that need to be addressed.

The project partners are scheduled to meet on 21-23 May next year in Norway to further discuss their activities.

According to statistics, EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route classifies as one of the favorite routes of the EuroVelo network and ranks as the 4th most visited route webpage. The continued good work from national and regional partners are the key to improving this transnational cooperation with plans to sign an eventual Long-Term Management Agreement (LTMA) for the route.

The project is co-funded by the EU Atlantic Area Interreg Programme. For more information about EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route visit www.eurovelo.com.

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