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EuroVelo Dates For Your Diary 2019

11.12.2018

As the year comes to an end, the European cycle route network is truly alive and kicking, ready to build on its successes for 2019! Here are some special dates to look forward to for next year.

6-10 March – ITB Berlin

The 2019 edition of ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade show, will be held once again at the Messe Berlin exhibition grounds on 6-10 March, 2019. In cooperation with ADFC (German National Cyclists’ Association), the ECF and EuroVelo will organise a Cycling Tourism Day on Friday, 8 March. Several panel discussions will be held on different occasions during the day about cycling and tourism topics.

The 2018 trade show marked the inauguration of the EuroVelo Cycle Tourism Awards. At last year’s ceremony, France was recognized as the most popular cycle tourism country meanwhile EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route claimed the title of the most popular EuroVelo Route in 2017.  It is going to be interesting to see who takes home the trophies this time!.

The ITB provides a great opportunity to meet both professional and members of the public interested in cycling tourism in Europe. Be sure to come join us at the ECF stand located in hall 4.1b Adventure Travel (booth no. 256) where we will also welcome visitors for a networking lunch from 12:30 on Friday 8th March as part of the Cycling Tourism Day.

18-19 March – European Certification Standard Training

The EuroVelo Route Inspectors Training Course, based on the European Certification Standard (ECS) for long distance cycle routes, will take place between 18th and 19th March at the ECF offices in Brussels (Belgium). The main purpose of the ECS is to officially certify EuroVelo routes such as the highly developed (and first fully certified route), EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route. The tool can also be used to survey and assess national route quality in terms of the level of development, safety and services provided.

The course consists of a 2-day training session on how to survey bicycle routes using the comprehensive methodology and software provided by ECF. While the course is tailored to survey EuroVelo routes, it is equally useful for national or regional cycle routes. Participants will be tested on what they have learned and, on condition that they pass, will receive an official EuroVelo Route Inspectors Diploma.

More information on how to register for the training will be provided at a later date.

25 April – UNESCO World Heritage and other Cultural Sites Workshop

On 25 April, EuroVelo will organise a workshop that will look at tackling the challenge of increasing demand for visits to cultural heritage sites by means of cars. The main issue stems from the fact that when too many visitors use their private cars to travel to these sites, they cause not only parking and space complications but also harm the location of the site itself. Therefore, the aim of the workshop is to identify, discuss and promote a behavioural change on this matter.

The workshop will be held at the World Heritage Site of Jelling in Kongernes Jelling, Denmark, known as the Home of the Viking Kings. This unique location allows visitors to explore Viking history and monuments in a truly immersive and interactive way and EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route passes by the front door!

Check out the event flyer for more info!

24 June – Annual NECC/Cs Meeting

Next year’s Annual National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators (NECC/Cs) Meeting will place on the 24 June in Dublin, Republic of Ireland just a day before ECF’s premier international cycling conference Velo-city 2019 kicks off in the same city.

The annual meeting is an opportunity for the National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators (NECC/Cs) to network with each other and share experiences and best practices. It also allows the ECF to present the latest developments in the central coordination of the EuroVelo network. The last meeting took place in Hasselt back in September 2018.

25-28 June – Velo-city 2019 Dublin

After more than a decade, Velo-city will be returning to Dublin on 25-28 June 2019. The city successfully hosted the conference back in 2005. The theme for next year’s Velo-City is ‘Cycling for the Ages’. This theme focuses on encouraging cycling by people of all ages and abilities, young and old, male and female as part of their daily transport and recreation. EuroVelo, route network development and cycling tourism are likely to feature strongly in the programme as in previous years.

Velo-city 2019 will be held in the Convention Centre Dublin (CCD) located on the River Liffey. For more information please visit the official website.