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EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference programme

It is time to disclose the programme of the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018! The European Cyclists’ Federation and Toerisme Limburg are very pleased to welcome more than 40 speakers in Hasselt on 26-28 September 2018.

North West Greenway Network Project: good news for EuroVelo 1

Two EuroVelo routes are crossing Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route and EuroVelo 2 – Capitals Route. But leisure cycling and cycle tourism are relatively new pastimes in those regions. Cycling needs to be promoted in order to encourage people to change their habits and switch to the bicycle for short journeys and longer leisure trips – reducing at the same time the amount of carbon dioxide produced.

Become a sponsor of the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018!

The EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference presents exciting networking, marketing and sponsorship opportunities. Becoming a sponsor of the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference means making contact with professionals of the tourism sector from all over Europe and beyond – experts tied to universities, private companies and governmental organisations with wide networks.

Discover the ECO-CICLE project: European network for the promotion of cycle tourism in natural areas

Members of the County Council of Huelva, including the President Ignacio Caraballo, came to the ECF office in Brussels last month for a meeting with the European Cyclists’ Federation about the ECO-CICLE project. ECO-CICLE, the new European network for the promotion of cycle tourism in natural areas, aims to improve natural and cultural heritage policies.

15th international cycle tour “WEEK of CYCLETOURISM” along EuroVelo 4 – Central Europe Route

More than 50 participants from Czechia, Slovakia, Austria and other countries went on a cycle tour on 19-26 May to launch the traditional “WEEK of CYCLETOURISM” event, organized every year by the Czech Environmental Partnership Foundation Nadace Partnerství on EuroVelo 4 – Central Europe Route. It is the longest EuroVelo route in Czechia: over 900 km, crossing the entire country.

Cycle tourism at Velo-city 2018

At this year’s Velo-city conference in Rio de Janeiro, each of the four days featured a session on cycle tourism. The second day of the conference even included a plenary on cycle tourism – a first for a Velo-city conference! If you could not make it to Rio then this article aims to give you a little overview of what took place in those sessions.

New ECF president attends the launch of the Scandibérique

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!

EuroVelo at the Med Community Midterm Conference in Rome

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The “Med Sustainable Tourism Community’s Community Building event and Midterm Conference” took place in Rome on 29-30 May. EuroVelo was in on it, presenting the MedCycleTour project, which is based on EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route.

EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018: Registration is open

The registration for the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018 that will take place in Belgian Limburg on September 26th – 28th is open! You can now register here.

Velo-city day 4: Creating successful cycle tourism routes

The final cycle tourism session at this year’s Velo-city was an interactive workshop on developing cycle tourism routes. The participants were given the opportunity to stretch their legs and express their view of how appropriate various examples of infrastructure were for different target groups by moving to the four corners of the room.

Velo-city day 3: Cycle tourism

Thursday’s session on cycle tourism showcased experiences from around the globe. The first presentation by Anna Gurnhill, Global Operations Manager at CycleLife HQ, gave an overview of the company’s research on global cycle tourism destinations centred around the following questions:

Velo-city day 2: Cycle Tourism (afternoon plenary)

The second day of Velo-city concluded with a stimulating discussion about “Cycle Tourism”. It is the first time that a Velo-city conference has included a plenary on cycle tourism. This reflects the growing importance of this booming segment of the tourism market.

Velo-city day 1: Governance, the Wheels Behind Cycle Tourism

The importance of good governance was the focus of the first of four sessions on cycle tourism during this year’s Velo-city.  Ádám Bodor, Advocacy and EuroVelo Director at the ECF, was the moderator for the session and explained that he was interested to hear the differences and the similarities between the European and the Latin American models.

Categories of EuroVelo routes

We have noticed that the categories of EuroVelo routes are not always perfectly clear for everyone. This article aims to clarify the meanings of the different kinds of EuroVelo routes: certified, developed, under development and at the planning stage. We hope that this summary will be useful both for professionals working with us to improve the network and for cycling tourists planning their next journey!

Iron Curtain Trail Conference in Berlin

On 4-5 May 2018, the EuroVelo team participated in the EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail Conference held in the German federal parliament. Representatives of 20 European states came to Berlin to discuss how to improve the Iron Curtain Trail (ICT). Green Member of the European Parliament Michael Cramer was there to present this project which he has been actively involved in since 2005.

Trieste welcomes the MEDCYCLETOUR project partners

The partners of the three year MEDCYCLETOUR project met on 19-20 April in Trieste, Italy for their 3rd steering committee meeting. MEDCYCLETOUR stands for “MEDiterranean Cycle route for sustainable coastal TOURism” and its focus is the development of the EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route. The overall objective of this project is to promote sustainable and responsible tourism in coastal areas across the Mediterranean, using the route to influence regional and national policies. The project has a budget of €2.5 million.

Call for abstracts and new website for the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018!

The 4th edition of the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018 will be held in Belgian Limburg on 26-28 September 2018. This exciting event is expected to welcome over 150 participants and 20 speakers from different countries. Registration will open in early June, but the call for abstracts is now open and the website of the conference has been launched. All you need to know about the event is available here!

EuroVelo Route Inspectors Training in Letterkenny, Ireland

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.

A bright future for EuroVelo 4 in France

The French part of the EuroVelo 4 – Central Europe Route follows the shoreline of the English Channel and the North Sea for more than 1400km, from Brittany to the Belgian border. The western part of this route is already well developed, but some work is still needed in Normandy (where the itinerary is developed at 85%) and in Hauts-de-France (where it is developed at 45%). Following an initiative of partners from Brittany and Normandy, over 30 public actors met on 19th April to launch a steering committee for the project in 2019.

Blue Velo project: a new cycle route along the Oder river in Poland

On the 20th April, the Marshal of Lubusz Province Elżbieta Anna Polak, together with the Marshals of other regions of Western Poland and Silesia, met in Wrocław to sign the agreement for the construction of the Blue Velo Bicycle Route. This 1000 km long route will follow the course of the Oder river from its source in the Czech Republic to its mouth at the Baltic coast and will form part of the EuroVelo 9 – Baltic-Adriatic.

Belgian Limburg to host the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018

The European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) is pleased to announce that it has selected Belgian Limburg to host the fourth edition of the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference. The premier Cycle Tourism Conference in Europe will take place in Limburg (Belgium) on 26-28 September 2018.

Transdanube.Pearls: 4th Partner Meeting in Vukovar, Croatia

Over 30 people attended the latest meeting of the transnational Transdanube.Pearls project in the small but fascinating Croatian town of Vukovar on 21-22 March 2018 to discuss the project’s progress, goals and next steps. The EuroVelo team is to undertake a route survey of the Danube Cycle Path, which is a part of EuroVelo 6 – Atlantic-Black Sea, as part of this project.

EuroVelo 3 – COSME project kicks off!

More than 15 participants from seven different countries came together on 11-12 April to discuss a new 18-month project focusing on EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route and funded by the European Commission’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME).

EuroVelo attends the Swedish National Cycle Tourism Conference

Sweden has a lot of potential for becoming a leading cycle tourism destination. It is home to four EuroVelo routes connecting the country’s vibrant towns and cities with its beautiful natural areas.  To help realise this potential, a National Cycle Tourism Conference was held on the 11th and 12th of April in Gothenburg to share experiences and best practices between all the participants.

The European Parliament proposes a budget line for tourism

The Tourism for Growth and Jobs Manifesto was created in 2015 by Europe’s tourism actors, ECF included, to address the lack of political support for tourism policy within the European Commission. Since then, it has quickly established itself as an important lobbying tool for the tourism sector with the European institutions. Its efforts were rewarded on the 14th of March by the European Parliament which agreed that the EU budget for 2020 to 2027 should include a specific budget line for tourism.

ITB Berlin 2018

The EuroVelo team returned to the world’s leading tourism travel show, the ITB in Berlin from 7-11 March. It is the occasion to promote cycle tourism to professionals and the general public in the largest cycle tourism market. The big development this year was the organisation of a Cycle Tourism Day together with the ADFC, the German Nationla EuroVelo Coordinator. As part of that day’s programme the EuroVelo Cycle Tourism Awards were launched.

ADFC presents latest cycle-tourism trends

The German National Cyclists’ Association ADFC just presented its Bicycle Travel Analysis 2018 here at the ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel and tourism trade fair. The analysis revealed which routes and regions convinced cyclists in 2017 and what they plan to do this year. Moreover, regions could learn how the trend towards electric bicycles will affect them, and the ADFC awarded prizes to cycle routes and regions for their quality. Your EuroVelo correspondent explains the highlights.

The EuroVelo Cycle Tourism Awards go to France and EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route

The inaugural EuroVelo Cycle Tourism Awards were held at ITB Berlin, in Germany on Friday 9th of March.  The awards were presented to France, as the most popular cycle tourism country, and EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route, as the most popular EuroVelo Route in 2017.

Three new national EuroVelo coordinators in 2018 – Welcome to the network!

EuroVelo is honoured to welcome three new members to its network of National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators (NECC/Cs) this year. The new NECCs in Belgium and Hungary and the new NEC in Greece will strengthen the link between the European and the national and regional levels regarding cycle tourism.

New monitoring study on EuroVelo 1 launched in France

The partners operating “La Vélodyssée“, the French stretch of EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route, are set to launch a monitoring study on the usage of the route. In a team effort, the three regions and nine French departments also want to measure the route’s economic impact. The results are expected to be released next year.

EuroVelo 8 – New MedCycleTour website online

We recently launched the new MedCycleTour project website to support the development of EuroVelo 8 – the Mediterranean Route. It is a long-distance cycle route that connects the whole Mediterranean from Cádiz to Athens and Cyprus. The overall objective of the MedCycleTour project is to use this route as a tool to influence regional and national policies in favour of sustainable and responsible tourism, providing transnational solutions in coastal areas across the Mediterranean.

ITB Berlin 2018 – Cycle Tourism Day

EuroVelo will be attending ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel and tourism trade fair, on 7-11 March 2018. You are all invited to visit us at hall 4.1b, booth no. 245. The ITB will bring many innovations this year, including a Cycle Tourism Day on 9 March and the EuroVelo Cycle Tourism Awards. For more information and updates, please see below.

EuroVelo diary : learn about the upcoming events in 2018

Last year was a successful year for EuroVelo, and we are happy to report that 2018 is also to be a busy and fascinating year. We have set out below the major events happening throughout the coming year for your calendars.

How the use of transfer services helped boost the local economy and attract more cyclists in Northumberland

In the early 2000’s, Saddle Skedaddle, a cycling holidays company located in the county of Northumberland in North-East England wanted to expand its business. With most of the cycle and walking routes being linear in the region, and as there were limited public-transport options, the transfer of luggage and people was highly needed. To attract more cyclists, the tour operator therefore needed to cooperate with the taxi companies.

Generating comparable data across the EuroVelo network

Together with experts from around Europe, ECF has developed a set of common core questions for user surveys on EuroVelo routes. It was prepared based on existing user surveys and in collaboration with our Atlantic on Bike (EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route), MedCycleTour (EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route ) and Biking South Baltic! (Eurovelo 10 – Baltic Sea Cycle Route) partners.

Andalusia announces new EuroVelo investment

In a meeting with the ECF, the Andalusian Minister of Public Works, Transport and Housing announced a commitment to complete the EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route in Spain’s southernmost self-governing region.

Combining cycling with public transport: new EuroVelo guidance document published

in the frame of the ongoing Transdanube.Pearls project, a new EuroVelo manual has been published providing guidance on measures that can be introduced across Europe to encourage the combination of cycling with public transport.

EuroVelo review 2017: Read about successful stories that shaped the year

The end of the year is fast approaching, which provides a good opportunity to look back over what has been a successful year for EuroVelo. Great events, important achievements and unforgettable moments shaped 2017. This is EuroVelo’s year in review.

EuroVelo Route Inspectors Training Course 2018 – Registration opened

Every year, EuroVelo organizes a Route Inspectors Training Course. In 2018, the training course will take place in Letterkenny, Co. Donegal (Ireland) between Monday 23rd and Tuesday 24th of April. It is, since December 12, 2017, possible to register for this event. The deadline is on the 16th of February 2018.

Call for Tenders: EuroVelo Integral IT Solution

The ECF is looking for a consortia/company to develop a EuroVelo integral IT solution. Offers should be submitted by Thursday 11th January 2018.

Rostock hosts Biking South Baltic! workshop and project meeting

The partners of the EU-supported Biking South Baltic! project converged on the German city of Rostock for a combined project meeting and internal workshop in October.  Over the course of three days the partners learnt about the current status of the EuroVelo 10 – Baltic Sea Cycle Route and the related attractions and touristic services in each country.

MedCycleTour: an ambitious project for the development of EuroVelo 8

On the 8th and 9th of November 2017, the Interreg MedCycleTour project partners met in Nice, led by the Andalusia Region and hosted by the Département des Alpes-Maritimes.

Open call to host the EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference 2018

The European Cyclists´ Federation (ECF) is looking for a city/region to host the next EuroVelo and Cycle Tourism Conference in Autumn 2018.

ECF attend Connecting Europe Conference to promote EuroVelo and Cycle Highways

Following the enthusiastic reaction to the ECF’s EuroVelo booth at the TEN-T Days events in Riga (2015) and Rotterdam (2016), the team attended this year’s Connecting Europe Conference in Tallinn, Estonia.   The aim was to promote the fact that measures related to EuroVelo routes and cycling generally can be included in TEN-T projects and that measures such as the development of cycle highways can ease the pressure on the networks of other transport modes.

EuroVelo in Montenegro – the land of the black mountains

Last month EuroVelo Council Member Jens Erik Larsen visited Montenegro.  Here he reports back on his experiences in this increasing popular (cycle) tourist destination and in particular the development of EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route.

New signposting on EuroVelo 4 in Prague

This autumn EuroVelo 4 – Central Europe Route received new signposting and promotion in Prague and the Vysočina region of Czechia. It is the longest of the four EuroVelo routes in the Czech Republic at over 900 kilometres (almost a quarter of the route’s entire length).

EuroVelo 1 – AtlanticOnBike project kicks off!

Over thirty participants from seven countries came together for the first time on September 13th to discuss a new EU-funded project focusing on the EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route.

New toolbox launched in the UK to promote cycling and walking schemes

Sometimes it is difficult to provide the economic justification for investing in cycling infrastructure. To help solve this problem Sustrans, the British National EuroVelo Coordinator, have created a simple new tool to assist local authorities and their partners to make a case for and improve cycling and walking schemes.

Completion of EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route in the Bas-Rhin Region

Last month a 3 km long section of EuroVelo 15- Rhine Cycle Route was inaugurated between Sessenheim and Auenheim in the Bas-Rhin Region in France.  It was the last ‘missing section’ of the EuroVelo 15 in the region and its opening was the focus of a double celebration because it also represented the 1,000th km of realised cycle routes in Bas-Rhin.

120km section of EuroVelo 1- Atlantic Coast Route opened in Ireland

Last month, Wexford County Council opened a new 120km long section of the EuroVelo 1- Atlantic Coast Route in the Republic of Ireland. The section connects the Rosslare Harbour with the Wexford border. 

Two new routes plus a major extension move a step closer to joining the network

The proposed EuroVelo 14 – Waters of Central Europe Route and EuroVelo 19 – Meuse Cycle Route, as well as an extension to EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route along the Izmir coast in Turkey, have all become official ‘Candidate Routes’ following the decision of the EuroVelo Council at the beginning of July.  The applicants will now have until the end of 2019 to implement the routes before a final decision is taken on whether they can formally become part of the network.

Czech-Austrian cycle tour along the EuroVelo 13 marked the beginning of new Interreg V-A project

An international promotional cycle tour, organised by ECF member Nadace Partnerství, promoted the EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail along the Czech-Austrian border. From the 20th to the 27th of May 2017, 30 cycle tourists from the Czech Republic, Austria and other countries cycled 570 km (alt. over 6 000 m) from Vyšší Brod, South Bohemia to Schloßhof, Lower Austria.

Strong showing for cycle tourism at Velo-city 2017

The world’s largest cycle planning conference took place in Arnhem and Nijmegen earlier this month and there were numerous sessions related to cycle tourism and leisure cycling across the four days, many of which featured our National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators.  Here we provide a little overview of some of the key sessions.

National EuroVelo Coordination Centres network ‘Go Dutch’ during study tour

As part of this year’s Annual National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators’ (NECC/Cs) Meeting, the participants had the opportunity to explore the fantastic Dutch cycle route infrastructure firsthand during a guided tour along the EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route.

Diverse programme highlights development of NECC/Cs network

Visiting the Netherlands is always inspiring for anyone working in cycle route development, so it was no surprise that this year’s Annual National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators’ (NECC/Cs) Meeting was one of the best attended to date.

Cycling Tourism: Stimulating Urban Cycling – Speed Date

The promotion of cycling is not always easy, especially not when faced with challenges such as missing cycle infrastructure or low bike ownership. The main focus of last week’s speed date session at the Velo-City 2017 was on how cycle tourism can help to start and grow urban cycling.Over 20 participants attended the interesting and inspiring speed date session in which speakers from three very diverse countries (Japan, Denmark and Italy), presented and exchanged their experiences and best practice examples on how cycle tourism can be used as a means to stimulate and advance urban cycling.Cycle tourism is a new alternative to traditional tourism in which the bicycle is the primary mode of transport. It enables tourists to discover appealing localities from a different perspective- from a bike.

Biking South Baltic Project- Bike Travels are on the Rise!

Summer has just started, the school holidays are around the corner and there is already heavy traffic on the EuroVelo 10 – Baltic Sea Cycle Route. We know this because two new automatic bicycle counters which have been installed in Świnoujście and Rogowo on the Polish Baltic Coast in the frame of the Biking South Baltic project.  

New EuroVelo Overview Map available on EuroVelo.com!

Are you wondering about the current state of the EuroVelo network and the road conditions on the various EuroVelo routes? Every 3 years, the EuroVelo Overview Map is updated in order to offer the most accurate information about the current development status of the EuroVelo network to cyclists.

Good news! EuroVelo 1 – AtlanticOnBike project approved

A new project called´AtlanticOnBike´ has recently approved. Supported by the Atlantic Area Interreg Programme, an international partnership will now work over the next 3 years to develop and promote one of the longest and most fascinating European long distance cycle routes: EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route.

Sopron conference marks end of Iron Curtain Trail Experience Project

During a well-attended conference held in Sopron, Hungary, the partners in the Iron Curtain Trail Project officially launched the EuroVelo 13 app for mobiles and tablets.  This was the culmination of the successful EU-funded Iron Curtain Trail Experience (ICTE) project, which came to an end in April.

MedCycleTour project kicks off in Andalusia

Thirty participants from seven countries came together for the first time on 19th April to discuss the new three-year EU-funded project focusing on EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route.

ConBici to become National EuroVelo Coordination Centre in Spain

On the 20th April, all the Spanish regions with EuroVelo routes met in Seville to sign an agreement to establish the country’s first National EuroVelo Coordination Centre, which will led by the ECF Member ConBici.

2017 EuroVelo Route Inspectors Training Course

The European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) organised its annual Route Inspectors Training Course on the 20th and 21st April 2017.  In a change from previous years it took place away from Brussels in sunny Seville, Spain as it involved partners from the current EU-funded route development projects related to EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route and EuroVelo 10 – Baltic Sea Cycle Route.

Opening of longest off-road cycling and walking trail in Ireland

On Saturday 25th March, a spectacular 46km off-road cycling and walking trail along an old railway line between Waterford and Dungarvan offically opened to the public for the first time.  The route forms part of EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route.

Putting EuroVelo 10 on the map: The Biking South Baltic! project

A new Interreg South Baltic project kicked off in February, which focuses on the southern section of EuroVelo 10 – Baltic Sea Cycle Route.  The ECF joins partners from Poland, Germany and Denmark to develop and promote the section of the route between Copenhagen and Gdańsk.

Cycling without borders: Developing successful transnational cycling products

Everywhere you look there is evidence that cycle tourism is booming.  According to a study published by the German Cyclists’ Federation (ADFC) at the beginning of March, the number of Germans taking cycle holidays has increased by 30% over the last two years (2014 – 2016).

Seven EuroVelo routes in the Top 10 most popular cycle routes chosen by German cycle tourists

ADFC, the German National EuroVelo Coordinator, and the Travelbike Vermietung published their annual Bike Travel Analysis earlier this month compiling the latest figures on bicycle tourism and identifying interesting trends in the behavior of German cycle tourists inside and outside their country.

EuroVelo 5 and EuroVelo 15 at the ITB Berlin

The Rhine Cycle Route EuroVelo 15 and the EuroVelo 5 – Via Romea (Francigena) were presented at the world’s leading travel show, the ITB in Berlin last week. The possibility to maintain and grow a touristic network was used to plan existing and potential projects. During the weekend, the ITB opened its gates to the general public. Many interested visitors used the opportunity to get valuable information about the two routes.

Consultation on an Integral EuroVelo IT Solution

The EuroVelo Management Team has been working during the last few months on an EuroVelo integral IT solution. The objective is that EuroVelo webs, apps, maps, database, etc. are integrated in a coprehensive solution that facilitate the work of both, the EuroVelo Management Team and our partners.

First EuroVelo 5 Information Panel installed in Department of Bas-Rhin

The first RIS (Relais Information Services – Tourism Information Panel) on the EuroVelo 5 – Via Romea (Fracigena) was installed yesterday in Obernai in the Department of Bas-Rhin.

Alsace à Vélo created the panel that was paid for by the Department of Bas-Rhin. The first panel has been inaugurated by the mayor of the commune of Obernai.

Official launch of the new EuroVelo Overview Map at the ITB Berlin 2017!

Every three years, a new updated overview map of the EuroVelo network is printed. After the success of the previous edition, the 2017 map will be the main promotional tool for the network over the coming years, inspiring all those wishing to discover Europe by bike.

EuroVelo Route Inspectors Training 2017, Seville (20th – 21st April)

This year, the annual EuroVelo Route Inspectors Training course will take place between Thursday 20th and Friday 21st April 2017 in Seville, Andalusia (Spain). During the two day course participants will be trained in how to survey or certify a section of a EuroVelo route, using the European Standards for long distance cycle routes.

Gdańsk hosts Iron Curtain Trail Experience Project

There can be few more symbolic locations to hold a project meeting related to EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail then Gdańsk – home of the Solidarity (Solidarność) movement, which played such a key role in bringing down the iron curtain.

New Czech-Polish border cycling project launched in Wroclaw, Poland

The newly launched project „Mutual strategy for development of cross-border cycling and cycle tourism in the Czech-Polish border region” is supported by the Interreg V-A PL-CZ program of the European Union. It contains two of our EuroVelo routes and will foster the development of the EuroVelo cycle route network.

EuroVelo at the ITB Berlin 2017

EuroVelo will be attending the ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade fair, again this year with a dedicated EuroVelo booth. Between March 8th-12th 2017 you are welcome to visit us in Berlin. Over 100,000 visitors are expected in what is Europe’s leading cycle tourism market.

The EuroVelo 2017 diary

The end of 2016 ended with fantastic news about the approved transnational Mediterranean Route project for the EuroVelo 8, which we launched yesterday with the beginning of February. It keeps being busy and EuroVelo is facing a fascinating 2017. The European Cycle Route Network has some major events happening throughout the coming year. The great Velo-City 2017 event is going to take place in the “homeland” of bicycles during June in Arnhem and Nijmegen. A day before the opening EuroVelo will use the event for their Annual NECC/C meeting. Among others the attendance at the ITB in Berlin and the 200th anniversary of the bicycle in Germany are two highlights as well. Check out our diary below!

Wildlife conservation extensions on the UK Cycle Network

Our National Coordinator Sustrans in the UK has been awarded £400,000 (approx. €464,900 funding by the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation to continue and expand wildlife conservation work across the National Cycle Network for the next three years which partly contains route sections of EuroVelo 1, 2, 5 and 12.

Sustrans has worked with volunteers and partners across the North West, Yorkshire, the Midlands and Wales to record and monitor wildlife along 280km of traffic-free paths, manage habitats to protect and attract a wide variety of plants and animals, and run a variety of wildlife-themed events, as part of the Greener Greenways project.

Advocacy success: Italy’s bold investment in cycling tourism

Thanks to the continuous work of FIAB, National EuroVelo Coordinator, Italy breaks one milestone after another in putting cycling high on the political agenda. After the proposal of a speed limit of 30 kph in urban areas, the Italian Parliament voted for the development of cycling tourism in the country.

New EU funding for cycling projects in Ireland announced!

At the beginning of December an official press release for the funding of three cross-border greenway projects in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland was announced that will open up new sustainable cross border travel routes for both cyclists and pedestrians. The EU’s INTERREG VA Programme has offered approximately €23.27 million.This will fund the development of greenways in three different areas including one joining Carlingford to Newry, a route from Monaghan into Armagh along the Ulster Canal and three different routes in the North West, one from Strabane to Lifford and two from Derry/ Londonderry into Donegal. One of these routes is good news for the further development of EuroVelo 1 in Ireland.

EuroVelo review 2016

The end of the year is approaching, which provides a good opportunity to look back over what has been a successful year for EuroVelo. There have been some unforgettable moments and important achievements in the year 2016. This is EuroVelo’s year in review.

Join the Charter of Silver Cyclists!

The Silver Cyclists project was officially launched in September 2015 with the aim of increasing the number of seniors undertaking cycling holidays both domestically as well as to other European destinations. Now you have the opportunity to join this community.

EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route (MedCycleTour) transnational project approved

The EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean route aims to connect Europe’s Mediterranean region, from Cádiz in the West to Cyprus in the East, by a high-quality long distance cycle route.  It forms part of EuroVelo, the European cycle route network, which can be used by cycle tourists as well as by local people for day-to-day mobility.

VNF & DRC partnership: a commitment to the development of cycling and river tourism in France

In line with slow and green tourism, river tourism and cycling tourism are compulsory linked by the tourism products they offer and by the networks on which they rely. Being aware of their common operational areas our National Coordination Centre Départements & Régions Cyclables (DRC) and “Voies Navigables de France” (VNF) signed an interesting partnership agreement in September. A national meeting between the two networks will be held on March 27, 2017 in Paris.

Focus on cycle tourism in Latvia

The Riga Cycling Conference is held annually on the last Friday of November, because this time of the year nothing else takes place! However, this is the biggest cycling conference in the Baltics and maybe in Eastern Europe, gathering 120 professionals within transport, planning and tourism. This year the topic was Cycling Tourism, and several speakers from abroad participated, invited by the Dutch Embassy. The conference was organized by The Traffic Department of Riga City Council and the Latvian Cyclists Union.

New study on methods for measuring and understanding cycling and cyclists

Martin Forsberg and Joakim Bjerhem of the traffic and environmental consultants Koucky & Partners have published a new study (in Swedish, conclusions are available in English as well) at the end of September 2016. As the knowledge on cycling and cyclist behaviour and preferences are still limited they decided to undertake a study looking into all the different methods and tools to collect empirical data on cycling and cyclists. They gained some really interesting results and recommendations.

First Greenway established in Serbia!

The City of Užice in Western Serbia rebuilt the first 5 kilometers of abandoned railroad route in the river Djetinja canyon during 2015 and 2016 and intends to extend the next 7 km to the village and lake Vrutci. On of the first steps to apply for a new EuroVelo route.

Bari welcomes EuroVelo 5 project partners

The EuroVelo 5 – Via Rome Francigena project was officially been launched in April 2016, aiming at diversifying the European tourism offer through the development of EuroVelo 5 – Via Romea Francigena as an innovative transnational thematic cycle route for sport and wellness tourism, capitalizing the Via Romea Francigena and its importance to our shared European cultural heritage.

ECF participates in Advisory Forum of European Cultural Routes in Vilnius

The ECF was invited to join the VI Cultural Routes of the Council of Europe Advisory Forum, which was held in Vilnius, Lithuania from 26th to 27th October.

New TEN-T Call published with more references to cycling and EuroVelo

A new TEN-T Call was published on 13th October 2016 which included new references to both cycling and EuroVelo. The new Call makes €1.9 billion of funding available for transport. It is a fantastic opportunity to realise cycling projects that connect with other major European transport projects.

World Tourism Day 2016: Age Group 55+ becomes increasingly important within the EU

Ever since its inception, the World Tourism Day is celebrated on 27 September to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value. It seeks to highlight tourism’s potential to contribute to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals and this year it was particularly addressing the age group 55+ (silver age) – one of the most pressing challenges.

National EuroVelo Coordination Centres network goes from strength to strength

On Saturday 15th October representatives of the National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators’ (NECC/Cs) met in Vienna to present best practices, exchange experiences and agree how to continue the successful development of EuroVelo across the continent.

Successful EuroVelo, Greenways and Cycling Tourism Conference ends with the signing of the Charter of Silver Cyclists

Over 70 participants from 23 nationalities attended the third edition of the conference organised by the European Cyclists‘ Federation (ECF) and the European Greenways Association (EGWA).

EuroVelo search engine for bookable offers is live!

Developed through the SilverCyclists project, the EuroVelo.com website now features a search engine for bookable offers. This search engine allows you to search for specific cycling offers along EuroVelo routes.

Workshop on cycling and cycling tourism in Turkey

The Turkish Association for Healthy Cities organised in Bursa (Turkey) a workshop on ´Cycling as a mean of transportation and leisure´. Representatives of the most important Turkish cities and regions attended this workshop and shared their experiences regarding the development of cycling and cycling tourism in their cities and regions.

Just one week to go to submit your abstract for Velo-city 2017 Arnhem-Nijmegen

Velo-city Arnhem-Nijmegen wants your experience, studies, projects and reports on the ‘Freedom of Cycling’, in order to gather, learn and exchange with people from different countries.

Liepāja welcomes ICTE partners to the Baltic Coast

During the last days of August, the Latvian city of Liepāja welcomed representatives of the transnational consortium working on the Iron Curtain Train Experience (ICTE) project.  Despite not being located on the border of two countries split by the ‘Iron Curtain’, this section of the route contains lots of reminders of the Cold War period and how Europe was once divided into East and West, as the participants in the project meeting found out.

New survey on senior’s holiday preferences and cycling

As a part of the SilverCyclists project, the UCLan (University of Central Lancashire) has launched a new survey to find out the preferences of senior tourists and their opinion on cycling during their holidays.

New Hungarian Commissioner for Cycling makes development of EuroVelo routes a priority

Mariusz Revesz – Hungary’s new commissioner for cycling – held a conference with EuroVelo director Ádám Bodor on the future of the cycle routes in the country, with some very positive implications for the EuroVelo routes.

Sustrans publishes first handbook on Greenway management for the UK

EuroVelo National Coordinator in the UK, Sustrans, has recently published the first ever guidebook on the management of Greenways in the UK.

2016 EuroVelo Certification Training Course

This year again, between the 7th & 8th July 2016, the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) organised its Certification Training Course in Brussels, on the European Certification Standard. The 17 participants from different European countries learned about the certification process of the routes.

EuroVelo 1 Atlantic Interreg Project submitted

Following the fruitful preparation of the ‘AtlanticOnBike’ project proposal meeting in Biarritz, the lead project partner Pyrénées Atlantiques has submitted the Expression of Interest to the Interreg Atlantic Area’s Joint Technical Secretariat.

Bookable offers for Silver Cyclists

In the context of the Silver Cyclists project, the 7 involved partners have developed a set of bookable offers aimed at senior cyclists. The 16 pilots from 5 different countries use the EuroVelo network as a backbone, going on the EuroVelo 8, 10, 13 and 15 routes.

EuroVelo at the TEN-T Days Event in Rotterdam

Following the enthusiastic reaction to the ECF’s EuroVelo booth at the TEN-T Days event in Riga in 2015, the team returned again this year to promote the fact that measures related to EuroVelo routes and cycling generally can now be included in TEN-T projects.  The TEN-T Days took place in Rotterdam this time, due to the Netherlands hosting the Presidency of the Council of the European Union and brings together some of the major figures related to transport in Europe.

New National EuroVelo Coordinator in Austria!

EuroVelo welcomes the addition of the latest national coordinator to the European cycle route network. The organisation ‘Radlobby’ will be in charge of coordinating the national efforts in Austria.

EuroVelo 5 project kick-off meeting in Canterbury

The EuroVelo 5 – Via Rome Francigena project was officially launched in April 2016, aiming at diversifying the European tourism offer through the development of EuroVelo 5 – Via Romea Francigena as an innovative transnational thematic cycle route for sport and wellness tourism, capitalizing on the Via Romea Francigena pilgrims route and its importance to our shared European cultural heritage.

EuroVelo Certification Training Course 2016

This year, the annual EuroVelo certification training course will take place between Thursday 7th and Friday 8th July 2016. During the two days participants will be trained in how to correctly certify a section of a EuroVelo route.

Research on the public health benefit of new walking and cycling routes

According to a recent report by the British National EuroVelo Coordinator, Sustrans, called Fit For Life, the construction of new walking and cycling routes has clear public health benefits, especially regarding physical activity.

Cycling and spa tourism: a winning combination

On the 25th May, EuroVelo’s Ed Lancaster gave a presentation at the European Spa Association’s (ESPA) Annual Congress on the many benefits of combining cycling and spa tourism.  As Ed pointed out, this combination is already proving to be a success is many parts of Europe.

Latest report on the number of cyclists on French cycle routes shows increases on EuroVelos 1, 6 and 17

The French organisation ‘Départements et Régions Cyclables’ (DRC) has presented its latest statistics on the number of users of French cycle routes in 2015. Compared with the figures collected in previous years in their ‘national frequenting platform’ PNF, the report found an increase in the number of users, especially on the EuroVelo routes 1, 6 and 17.

Study of the European Commission – digital technologies within tourism SMEs

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs is conducting a research study related to the use of digital technologies within tourism SMEs across the European Union.

Silver Cyclists consortium met in Madrid

The Silver Cyclists project reached the half way point in the month of April with a second project meeting. Hosted by the Spanish Railways Foundation in Madrid on April 7th-8th, partners from 7 different European countries attended this fruitful meeting in order to monitor the project implementation. The meeting focused on the work developed so far with a special look into the next steps.

Three new national EuroVelo coordinators in 2016 – Welcome to the network!

This year, EuroVelo is honoured to welcome three new members to its network of National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators.  The new NECCs in Denmark and Serbia and the new NEC in Slovenia will make the link between the European and the national and regional levels regarding cycling tourism.

Cycling one of the main reasons for going on holiday in 2015

The European Commission recently published a new Flash Eurobarometer on tourism. This survey highlights the importance of cycling tourism in the general tourism market.

The role of cycling tourism highlighted in ‘Attracting investment in tourism’ conference

On the 5th April 2016, the European Commission organised a high level conference on attracting investment in tourism. The conference focused on several important aspects, including financing, upgrading skills and improving the business environment, in order to strengthen the competitiveness of the European tourism sector.  And cycle tourism featured prominently in the discussions!

First steps taken towards EuroVelo 13 App

Project partners from the EU-supported Iron Curtain Trail Experience (ICTE) project met in Znojmo in the Czech Republic last month.  Top of the agenda was the development of a new application for smart phones and tablets covering the most developed sections of this long distance cycle route.

EuBike – connecting cyclists and tourism providers to support the development of cyclotourism

The EuBike project connects tourism providers and cyclist tourists in order to improve tourism offers aimed at cyclists.  With the goal of improving the overall quality of cycling tourism, the project developed an electronic learning programme and also encouraged tourism providers and cyclists to provide feedback on good practice.

Cycling tourism at the Velocity in Taipei

This year Velo-city travelled to Asia or the first time ever, with the latest edition of the premier international planning conferences on cycling taking place in Taipei, Taiwan at the end of February and beginning of March.  As always cycling tourism featured prominently in the programme and the following article provides an overview of the key discussions if you were not able to make it.

European Cyclist’s Federation approves extension of European cycle route in Portugal

EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route is a long distance cycle route currently running between Nordkap in northern Norway and Sagres in Southwestern Portugal.  Following an application submitted by the Portuguese Federation of Cycletourism and Bicycle Users (FPCUB) it has been announced that from the 1st July 2016 the route will extend from Sagres all the way along the Portuguese Atlantic Coast to Caminha on the Portuguese/Spanish border.

EuroVelo panel discussion ‘Cycling for all’ at the ITB Berlin 2016

During the ITB Berlin 2016, the world’s leading tourism trade fair, the ECF organized a panel discussion on an increasingly important topic when it comes to bike tourism: ‘Cycling for all’ or how cycle tourism has moved into the mainstream and is now appealing to wide target groups.  Below is a little summary of what was said.

EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route is expected to be the third most frequently chosen cycle destination for 2016 in Germany, EuroVelo6 brand appears on the radar of German cycle tourists

On its bike tourism event on the ITB in Berlin, the Allgemeiner Deutscher Fahrradclub (ADFC) has revealed that the EuroVelo 15 is the third most frequently chosen cycle destination among German bike tourists according their plans for 2016.

New Road-Book for the Bicitalia 10 in Italy

The Apulia Region in Italy has published a new road-book for the Bicitalia route 10. The road-book covers the whole Bourbon Cycle Route, from Bari to Naples and Matera in the south of Italy and should give some indications to users on which itinerary to follow.

The Rhone Cycle Route joins the EuroVelo network

The Rhone Cycle Route has become the first new route to join EuroVelo, the European cycle route network, since 2011. The long distance cycle route, which follows the course of the River Rhone through Switzerland and France, has now officially become EuroVelo 17 – Rhone Cycle Route.

Panel Discussion at ITB Berlin 2016: Cycling for all!

Cycling tourism is an enormous business. According to a study commissioned by the European Parliament, cycling tourism’s contribution to the European economy is over 43 billion euros. It means that every year in Europe, cycling tourism generates over 20 million overnight trips and employs over 400,000 people.

Cycle tourism contributes over €9bn per year in Germany

During Velo-city Taipei, the German Cycling Embassy unveiled the latest figures of the economic contribution of cycle tourism to the German economy and the secrets of the success of Europe’s largest cycle tourism market.

Iberian Cycling Congress 2016 -29th April -1st May – Vila Nova de Gaia (Portugal)

The 13th edition of the Iberian Cycling Congress (Portual-Spain) will be held in Vila Nova de Gaia (Portugal) from 29th April to 1st May.  With the theme ´Cycling cities, smart cities´, the Iberian Cycling Congress is the reference event for urban cycling and cycling tourism in Spain and Portugal.

New updates on the EuroVelo 8 / La méditérannée à vélo

On the 26th of january, the french partners of the EuroVelo 8 / La Méditérannée à vélo met in Béziers to discuss about the future of the route.

European Commissioner welcomes Tourism for Growth and Jobs Manifesto

The Tourism for Growth and Jobs Manifesto Initiative has been welcomed by the European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry Entrepeneurship and SEMs, Elzbieta Bienkowska.

The Silver Cyclists project website is live!

The Silver Cyclists’ project website has been launched to disseminate this EU-funded initiative’s outputs, main objectives, activities, partnership composition and latest news.

EuroVelo at the ITB Berlin 2016

EuroVelo will be attending a new edition of the ITB Berlin. You are all invited to visit us at the hall 4.1 booth 244. This year the ITB brings many surprises including the launch of a new EuroVelo route! For more information and updates, please see below.

EuroVelo goes global at Velo-city Taipei

EuroVelo will present the newest developments in terms of cycling tourism in Europe at the 2016 edition of the global Velo-city conference in Taipei.

The EuroVelo 2016 Diary

EuroVelo is facing a busy and fascinating 2016. The European Cycle Route Network has some major events happening throughout the coming year. 2016 will bring a new EuroVelo route to the network, the EuroVelo – Greenways Cycling Tourism Conference will be held in Vienna and EuroVelo will be attending the ITB Berlin. Check out our diary below!

Silver Cyclists and EuroVelo at FITUR

EuroVelo attended FITUR Madrid, the world͛’s second largest travel show (after ITB Berlin) and the main tourism fair for the Spanish, South American and Portuguese markets. In the framework of the Silver Cyclists project, EuroVelo was invited to attend the workshop organised by the European Greenways Association (EGWA) and the Spanish Railways Foundation (FFE): ‘Greenways outdoor: greenways without borders and barriers’.

625 km of new cycle routes unveiled in France!

The Départements & Régions cyclables (DRC) have published the new 2015 figures of the cycle route network across the country, thanks to the French Cycle Route Observatory. It highlights just how fast the network is growing in France. In total, 625 km of new cycle routes were added in 2015. The DRC, French National EuroVelo Coordination Centre, welcomes the new data as both a sign of the growing importance of cycle routes and as an aid for future decisions on the development of new routes.

EuroVelo 5 to be realised in Luxemburg

The gradual extension of the national cycle route network of Luxemburg will include the realisation of the EuroVelo 5 – Via Romea Francigena route by linking Luxemburg city to Schengen. The route will be finalised in 2018 among other measures.

Cycling infrastructure to be enhanced along the Rhine Cycle Route in Germany

The first interactive information point has been installed in Breisach, Germany, as a part of a project aimed at developing the tourist potential of EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route.

Travel and tourism sector unites behind Tourism for Growth and Jobs Manifesto

For the first time ever, Europe’s public and private tourism actors have come together to call for the European Union to do more for this important industry. The Tourism Manifesto‘s emphasis on sustainable tourism, as promoted through the EuroVelo project, is crucial to the future competitiveness of the European Tourism market.

New TEN-T Call published with reference to EuroVelo

The new Call was published in November and again includes references to both EuroVelo and cycling generally.  With a budget of 7.6 billion Euros, it is a fantastic opportunity to realise cycling projects that connect with other major transport projects.

EuroVelo review of 2015

The end of the year is approaching, which provides a good opportunity to look back over what has been a successful year for EuroVelo. The cycle route network has celebrated its 20th year of existence and there have been some unforgettable moments and important achievements. This is EuroVelo’s year in review.

The first 150 kilometers of EuroVelo come to Belarus!

The NGO Minsk Cycling Community is the coordinator for development of the Belarusian segment of EuroVelo Route 2. For several years they have researched various routes and localities to find an optimal  track. Finally, this year the NGO managed to get a grant for plotting and marking the first segment of ​​the route, which will stretch from Minsk to the west, in the direction of Poland.

EuroVelo 8 project: Cádiz and Athens are closer today

The EuroVelo 8 – The Mediterranean Route project has finished and delivered high quality results and has had a significant impact on the development of the route and the number of people using it. The outstanding achievement is the brand new www.eurovelo8.com web site.

Eurostar bicycle policy reversed – good news for tourists

After a collaborative campaign run by several European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) members, Eurostar announced last Friday that it was cancelling its proposed new bike carriage policy and would instead continue to accept fully mounted bicycles in its registered luggage service.

Happy birthday! RAVeL network in Wallonia celebrates 20 years

In Wallonia, things are a bit different. Instead of having a french “déjeuner”, they prefer having a decent “lunch”. Also, in terms of cycling, instead of using the term Greenways (“voies vertes”), they chose the acronym RAVeL for their autonomous network of slow lanes (Réseau Autonome de VoiEs Lentes). The growth of the RAVeL routes over the past 20 years has been a story of pragmatism but one which has finally resulted in an extensive network of over 1400 km.

Successful EuroVelo 13 project draws to a close

The end of September marked the close of the eighteen-month EuroVelo 13 project, which has involved partners in eight countries along the northern half of the Iron Curtain Trail.  The partners can look back on some notable achievements, including a completed EuroVelo13.com website and brand new cycle tourism package offers.

Silver Cyclists project launched

The Silver Cyclists project has officially been launched in September, aiming at increasing the number of seniors undertaking cycling holidays both domestically as well as to other European destinations.

Positive news for EuroVelo 2 in Belarus

Sometimes improbable things happen when a group of people genuinely believe in their creating power. Nobody thought that Belarus could be part of the EuroVelo network but today reality proves them wrong. Jens Erik Larsen shares his impressions.

The 7th European Greenways Awards held in Namur

EuroVelo routes featured prominently again in this year’s European Greenways Award.  This year the awards were held on 16th October in Namur, Belgium.  In total, seven greenways from Germany, Belgium, Spain, United Kingdom and Czech Republic were recognised as best practices examples.

European Certification Training in Brussels

Between 7th – 9th October the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) organised a training event in Brussels on the European Certification Standard. The 14 participants from across Europe were able to learn about the process of certifying routes both theoretically, through the European Certification Standard Manual, and practically, through a certification field trip.

EuroVelo 1 arrives in Ireland

The EuroVelo 1 logo is now proudly displayed on directional signage on a section of the EuroVelo route in Co. Donegal in the North West of Ireland. This is the first physical identification of EuroVelo 1 – the Atlantic Coast Route, in Ireland.

More than cycling tourism – Cologne

The vibrant city of carnival, kölsch beer and the most visited tourist attraction in Germany – the Cologne Cathedral – rewards visitors with its charm, humour and countless cultural offers. Besides its exuberant lifestyle, Cologne faces major traffic challenges. In fact the city has just inherited the title of German ‘traffic jam capital’ from Stuttgart. It seems that EuroVelo can play an important role here – let’s take a closer look!

European Certification Standard – EuroVelo App for route inspectors

The European Cyclists’ Federation has developed an application for portable devices that will improve the collection of data and calculation of the evaluation results when certifing EuroVelo routes.

Rhine Cycle Route info panel at Hoek van Holland installed

The Hook van Holland tourism office has installed an information panel on the beach at the end of the EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route. The panel marks the end of both the river and the 1,230km cycle route from the source in Switzerland to its mouth at the Hoek van Holland.

Bicisaffetta 2015 – cycling for better infrastructure in Italy

The “Bicistaffetta 2015“, the annual FIAB ride along national EuroVelo routes, took place from 30 August to 5 September 2015 starting from Benevento and ending in Brindisi following EuroVelo 5 – Via Romea Francigena. The Bicistaffetta seeks to improve the national bicycle network as well as spreading the importance of cycling generally, especially amongst local councils.

NowWeBike tour ends in Brussels

The three ambitious cyclists that made up the NowWeBike tour have finally arrived to Brussels after having cycled on 2,700km across the continent on EuroVelo routes. Their arrival coincided with MOVEWeek and the ECF’s Secretary General Dr Bernhard Ensink was on hand to give them a warm welcome.

Cycling tourism in South-East Europe to take shape

The development of cycling tourism in South-East Europe is starting to take shape. A meeting of relevant stakeholders took place recently for developing cycling tourism in this region.

Velo-City call for paper

Velo-city Global 2016 invites cycling enthusiasts from around the world to share their interesting experience, innovative thinking, and professional insight with a global audience. (call can be found here)
Velo-city is open to all forms of cycling – if you deal with long distance cycle routes or cycling tourism you are encouraged to apply.

Marbella wants to transform itself into a cycle friendly destination

When someone thinks about Marbella, immediately many words come to one’s mind: luxury, glamour, sailing, good weather and  gastronomy. But in  few months the´diamond of the Costa del Sol´ will add a new word to the recipe of success: cycling on EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route.

Everything you need to cycle EuroVelo 13 just a click away

As part of the ongoing EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail project, the route’s dedicated website has been completed with more detailed information added about the northern section of the route from Austria all the way up to the coast of the Barents Sea in Norway. For anyone planning to cycle all or part of this section then the website should make route even more accessible.

British cyclists boost the economy

A new study by Sustrans, the British National EuroVelo Coordinator, has demonstrated the growing importance of cycling tourism for the economy. It found that leisure and tourism cycling on the British National Cycle Network, which is integrated in the EuroVelo network, supports over 15,000 jobs and directly contributes £650m (approximately €890m) to the economy each year.

Today’s models of cycling tourism pave the way for the future

In a recent interview with the German newspaper „Die Welt“, MEP Michael Cramer used the example of EuroVelo 6 – Atlantic Black Sea to explain the state of cycling tourism in Europe today and also considered the challenges it faces and what can be done to improve the conditions for cyclists generally.

New cycling-record in the Alps: Switzerland counts 1,5 million bicycles in 2014

Three EuroVelo routes currently pass through Switzerland – EuroVelos 5, 6 and 15 – with a fourth expected next year and they have contributed to record numbers of cyclists being counted on Switzerland’s routes.

5 minutes to help improve cycling and biking in the Alps

The European Academy of Bolzano (EURAC research) in Italy is undertaking research into how to improve tourism offers for cyclists and mountain bikers in the Alps and they currently need your help!

The new EuroVelo8.com website unveiled

The ECF, in collaboration with the project partners, has developed a web site that aims to gather the existing information on this 5,888 km long cycle route that crosses through 11 European countries. This work was done in the framework of the EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route project which is supported by the European Commission DG Grow COSME programme.

Bringing EuroVelo 1 to the Portuguese Atlantic Coast

Looking at the EuroVelo map there are some notable absences from the European cycle route network.  One such omission is the Portuguese Atlantic Coast, which includes the country’s capital Lisbon.  The National EuroVelo Coordinator in Portugal, Federação Portuguesa Cicloturismo e Utilizadores de Bicicleta (FPCUB), is trying to correct this oversight and have applied for EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route to be extended.  Last month, Ed Lancaster from the EuroVelo Management Team paid a visit to see how things were progressing.

Full speed ahead in Wallonia, Belgium

Steady progress is being made on the EuroVelo routes in Wallonia.  EuroVelo 3 – The Pilgrims Route and EuroVelo 5 – Via Romena Francigena pass through the southern region of Belgium. Both routes are based on RAVeL itineraries, the regional greenways network that forms long-distance cycle routes. In most cases these follow regenerated sections of disused train lines and canal banks and make for ideal cycling conditions.

Plans unveiled for ‘floating’ cycle path on EuroVelo 5 in Luxembourg

In what could be a first for the EuroVelo network, the Luxembourg government has recently announced plans for a new cycle and pedestrian path which will be suspended beneath a bridge in the centre of Luxembourg City.  The path will form part of EuroVelo 5 – Via Romea Francigena.

Improvements to EuroVelo 4 in the Czech Republic

June brought good news from the Czech Republic where a new section of EuroVelo 4 – Central Europe Route was officially opened between Karlovy Vary (or Carlsbad) and the natural attraction Svatošská Rocks.  The route includes an impressive new bridge over the River Ohře/Eger.

2 new French cycling maps with very different objectives

Maps are a very useful resource. This is true at the planning stage, the implementation phase and at the final, consumable phase of a cycling project. This month two maps were published in France that illustrate well how maps can be a useful resource for the end user as much as for the policy-maker.

EuroVelo candidate route: Visit to the Rhone

Since the application to join the EuroVelo network was submitted at the end of 2013, the Rhone Cycle Route – proposed EuroVelo route 17 – has been quickly developed.  The French and Swiss stakeholders who are promoting the route have made significant efforts to improve the infrastructure, signalisation, coordination, promotion and services along the route and it is now poised to become one of the most popular cycle routes in Europe.  As part of the application process, EuroVelo Management Team member Jesus Freire paid a visit to check on the progress being made.

A closer look at a new mobile phone app in the Bas-Rhin (France)

Mobile phone applications are a huge resource for cycling. Many bicycle sharing schemes have their own apps which allow users to monitor availability and can help boost usage. Other cycling apps include route trackers and itinerary planners. In this article we explore the newly released ‘Bas-Rhin à vélo’ app which features EuroVelo routes 5 and 15.

EuroVelo at the TEN-T Days in Riga

The Latvian Presidency of the European Union ended in Riga with the hosting of the TEN-T Days to discuss the latest developments and opportunities for the trans-European transportation network. ECF as the coordinator of EuroVelo, the European cycle route network presented the opportunities that investments in cycling offer for Europe and what kind of new opportunities have arisen since cycling has been integrated into the official guidelines and regulations.

Celebrating the 20th Anniversary of EuroVelo at the Annual NECC/Cs meeting

A big EuroVelo cake complete with a map and most of the city of Nantes’ reserves of chocolate was baked in celebration of the European cycle route network’s 20th Anniversary. The last two decades have seen the concept go from an ambitious and visionary idea to an ambitious and visionary reality: 14 long distance cycle routes which connect the continent over their combined 70,000 km.

Iberian cyclists meet in Malaga

When over 200 people gather together in Malaga (Andalusia, Spain) to discuss about cycling, you can be sure things are on the move and in the right direction at that. The Iberian Cycling Congress hosted its 13th edition in Malaga and is aiming to become the ‘Spanish-Portuguese Velo-City’. It is the capital of the ‘Costa del Sol’ which is making important efforts to transform itself into a cycling city.

Cycling tourism in the Balkans

On the last days of April 2015, Adam Bodor visited Croatia and Serbia, to explore and support the development of the EuroVelo network and cycling tourism in the Balkans. Here is how he got on.

EuroVelo 8 project: along the River Po

The beautiful city of Mantova in northern Italy was the setting for the final project meeting of the EC funded EuroVelo 8 – The Mediterranean Route project. EuroVelo management team was there of course, and here is the report.

A Capital Idea: EC’s Director General embarks on EuroVelo mission

It’s not every day that a Director General from the European Commission undertakes a 600 km bike trip on EuroVelo routes.  So when we heard that Karl Falkenberg from the Directorate-General for Environment, was going to do just that in June, we wanted to find out more.

Nantes, more than cycling tourism

As the attention of the cycling world turns to Nantes we take a look at how everyday cycling is doing in the city. The Velo-City conference is kicking off on the 2nd of June and we’re in for three days packed full of cycling goodness but the city is also at a EuroVelo crossroads and in order to whet our appetites in the build up to the big event, we take a look at the state of cycling in the ‘City of Dukes’.

EuroVelo 7 – let the sun shine!

Last week saw 30 people participate in a bicycle ride from Dresden to Prague and on to Freistadt. In the context of the Week of Cycle Tourism, the week-long tour promoted EuroVelo 7 in Germany, the Czech Republic and Austria as well as the 20th anniversary of the EuroVelo network which will be celebrated at the National EuroVelo Coordinators meeting on the 2nd of June in Nantes. We hear how they got on.

Building bridges: Opening of new crossing in Latvia coincides with EuroVelo 13 project meeting

The third and final project meeting for the EuroVelo 13 project took place at the beginning of May in Riga, Latvia.  The hosts used the arrival of the transnational partners to hold a successful press conference and arranged for the official opening of a beautiful new cycling and walking bridge in the village of Carnikava just to the north of the capital.

More than cycling tourism, a local business

Last month, our EuroVelo, more than cycling tourism column saw how Prague has gone from being a cycling desert to setting ambitious targets for modal share. This awareness of the contribution cycling can make to the city has also spread among its inhabitants.  One such inhabitant is named Oleh Zahiney. A staunch cyclist himself, he decided to bank on cycling and set up two cycling services: Praha Bike – guided city bike tours and bicycle rentals in Prague ; and Cyklus Trails –  multi-day self-guided and guided adventure bike trips in Czech Republic, Austria and Germany. Today, his decision paid off and we caught up with him to see what he had to say about EuroVelo and the state of cycling in his capital.

New EuroVelo guide makes usage monitoring easy

The EuroVelo management team has put together a manual entitled Guidance on Usage Monitoring. It is intended as a reference on how best to obtain reliable figures on who, when and how the EuroVelo routes are used. A number of specialists were involved in compiling this manual and input was included from eight different European countries.

EuroVelo 8 Conference in Mantova

Mantova (Italy) is set to host the EuroVelo 8 Conference in the framework of the EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route project.

Celebrating 20 years of the European cycle route network

It was twenty years ago that the World Trade Organization was formed; the film Toy Story was released; the Russian space station Mir greeted it’s first American guests; the DVD was announced; and Gangsta’s Paradise by Coolio topped the charts around the world. The year 1995 also marked the establishment of EuroVelo and so over the coming months we are going to be celebrating it’s 20th anniversary!

First fruits of the EuroVelo 8 and EuroVelo 13 Projects

Just in time for those planning their holidays for 2015, brand new cycling touring packages related to EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route and EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail have just come on to the market.  These are the direct result of European Commission-supported projects aimed at supporting European SMEs by developing packages based on transnational tourism products.

What are the trends in European tourism?

Most of us plan our holidays at the start of the year.  It is therefore a good time to gauge tourist’s behaviour and opinions, as it can help us get an idea of what themes will be trending over the coming months. A recent Eurobarometer survey looked at what Europeans’ current preferences are when it comes to tourism.  Here is what it showed.

The travel show just finished in Berlin but the season starts!

As the curtains are drawn on ITB 2015, EuroVelo looks back on another successful edition. Many new contacts were made and the team had a successful experiment with a panel event. Thursday started with good news –  EuroVelo routes occupied both 1st and 2nd place on the cycle route podium – and Friday followed suit. Here’s how we got on.

EuroVelo at the ITB Berlin: an amazing and busy start!

Grüße aus berlin!

EuroVelo had a busy and very, very productive day at the ITB Berlin! On Wednesday 4th of March ITB Berlin opened its doors with a huge number of professionals and exhibitors. EuroVelo has been represented at the ITB for the last years and like we did before, we want to keep you updated about what is going on in Berlin this week.

Launch of EuroVelo 8 itinerary committee in France

France welcomes another itinerary committee, this time for EuroVelo 8. The local authorities along its itinerary were invited by the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (PACA) region to join forces on the project. Translated from the pages of the Domaines et Régions Cyclables website, you can read up on the latest developments in the French approach to EuroVelo route creation. (image: Camille Perretta)

Cycle tourism means business

Cycle tourism gets more attention every time EuroVelo pays a visit to an international tourism trade fair in Europe. It is a growing sector that employees over 450,000 people in Europe, a figure that could be doubled by 2020 with the right policies. According to a study commissioned by the European Parliament, cycling tourism generates over 43 billion euros every year.

Strasbourg, more than cycle tourism

EuroVelo 5 and EuroVelo 15 meet in Strasbourg. It is a city symbolic of European cooperation and its history gives it a dual identity in which national lines are blurred. This month we will take a closer look at how the people of Strasbourg have taken to the two EuroVelo routes.

LIVE – EuroVelo at the ITB Berlin 2015

One more year, EuroVelo will be present at the ITB Berlin (hall 4.1. b booth no 217). If you want to meet us at our booth or attend our panel about EuroVelo and cycling tourism, you will find here all the information you need updated!

EuroVelo 13 goes transnational

EuroVelo 13 – The Iron Curtain Trail – connects 20 countries, 3 seas and over ten thousand kilometers of formerly closed border. A lighthouse project of this scale has a clear international appeal. By captivating the imagination of an international audience it can bring people outside the typical cycle tourist profile around to cycle tourism and cycling more generally.

EuroVelo at the world’s leading travel trade show

After the success of our previous visits, EuroVelo will be returning to the ITB Berlin next month where we will be particularly highlighting EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route, EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail and EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Route.

Bundesland support for EuroVelo 13 in Germany

One recently-formed regional government in Germany is making its plans regarding transport clear from the start and EuroVelo has a leading role to play. Since the start of the new year the German “Bundesland” of Thüringia has been governed by a coalition of the Greens, the Social Democrats and the leftist party “Die Linke”.  The promotion of EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail and cycling tourism in general is a major point in the mobility and transport section of the coalition agreement.

See more on your holidays with a bicycle

Have you ever been on holiday and itched to see the place by bike only to find it impossible to find any bicycle to do it on? You are not alone. The SEEMORE project has been making traditional holiday destinations more cycle friendly. Sometimes, solutions can be very simple. The weapon of choice was persuasion and the good results are yet another example of how cycling just makes sense.

New Guide to EU Funding Opportunities for Tourism Published

At the end of last year, the European Commission published a guide on opportunities for using EU funds for the tourism sector.  The guide may be of interest to the estimated 524,052 people directly employed in the cycling tourism sector in Europe.

France set to launch a national strategy for EuroVelo 4

At the end of last year, over 30 partners from along the route of EuroVelo 4 – Central Europe Route in France met following the invitation of the Seine-Maritime Department.   The French National EuroVelo Coordination Centre (NECC), the Départements et Régions cyclables (DRC), initiated the meeting in  an effort to coordinate the work of all the relevant local councils along this route and to build a national strategy tailored to route. Here is how they got on.

ECF and EuroVelo will be represented at FITUR

Once again, EuroVelo will be present at Fitur – the International Tourism Trade Fair in Madrid. Fitur 2015 brings good news for the EuroVelo project given that the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and the Environment will announce the official establishment of an EuroVelo National Coordination Centr for Spain (NECC) with the support of many Spanish regions and the National Cycling Organisation, ConBici.

EuroVelo 8 and public transport come together in Cadiz

As promised in the last newsletter, every month will see a ‘EuroVelo, more than cycling tourism’ article published on our web site. Following our first article in the series which focused on Budapest, we will bring you other stories about how EuroVelo routes are being used by people other than tourists. This month we travel to Cadiz, start and end point of EuroVelo 8 – the Mediterranean Route.

Echoes from Istanbul

The Turkish capital of Istanbul has been the goal of many a long distance bicycle tour.  This major hub sits on the edge of the subcontinent and has a huge amount to offer tourists in it’s own right. A number of recent efforts have aimed to reinforce its accessibility to cyclists. Here is a small catch up on what has been going on in the Queen of Cities.

A promising year for EuroVelo and the TEN-T

At the start of 2014, references to EuroVelo and cycling were formally included in the TEN-T guidelines for the first time and when the first Calls were published in the autumn they featured prominently in the text.

Christmas comes early for EuroVelo 1 – shiny new section in South West England

The final section of Drake’s Trail, a section of EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route has been completed. This 21 mile (34km) cycling and walking route linking Tavistock with Plymouth is now boasts a cycle-friendly climb and a well surfaced path.

Island of Aphrodite welcomes EuroVelo 8 Project Partners

As reported back in July, an ongoing EU-funded project focusing on EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route aims to bring together public and private partners, establish packages that feature the route and also create some dedicated marketing and promotional tools.  In October, the project partners met in Cyprus to catch up with the progress being made in each country, compare notes and plan for the rest of the project.

EuroVelo, more than cycling tourism

EuroVelo is about more than just cycling tourism. Getting more people to cycle to work, to school or to the shops is one of the key objectives of the European cycle route network. In this series we will share some good examples of this objective in action. We also encourage you to send us your stories of commuting using EuroVelo routes! You can contact us at eurovelo@ecf.com

Curtain raising in sight for EuroVelo 13

On the 13th and 14th of November, members of the EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail (North) Project met in Mikulov, a Czech town near the Austrian border to discuss the progress of the project. Project partners from the eight countries in the northern part of the Iron Curtain Trail were present and the participants were welcomed by the South Moravia Tourist Authority who were in charge of organising the event.

EuroVelo 8: Montenegro and Albania on the move

Jens Erik Larsen represents Foreningen Frie Fugle, which is one of the project partners in ongoing EuroVelo 8 project.  In October he was in Shkodra, Albania, to present the project at a workshop organised by the newly formed GO2. Along the way he made an impromtu stop at the Ministry of Sustainable Development and Tourism of Montenegro. Here’s how he got on.

Who uses EuroVelo routes? French region of Alsace has a closer look

The Alsace region of France recently published the findings of a study on the sections of the EuroVelo routes 5 and 15 that go through its territory. It aimed to assess the efficiency and return on investment of cycle infrastructure. The figures made for some interesting reading!

´Cycling for Growth´Roundtable on funding opportunities, incentives and job creation

The European Cyclists´Federation will organize next Thursday 4th December the roundtable ´Cycling for Growth´, the first event in the framework of the recently launched ´Cycling Forum Europe´, in which we will publish three new economic studies about funding opportunities, fiscal incentives and job creation.

Bicycle on board! ADFC seal coach travel deal

EuroVelo’s national coordinator for Germany, the Allgemeine Deutsche Fahrrad-Club (ADFC) has teamed up with the largest coach travel company in the country to provide free bicycle transport to its members. From March to November, all MeinFernbus coaches will be equipped with a bike rack that can hold up to 5 bicycles. The service, which normally costs 9 euro per trip, will be free of charge for the 145,000 ADFC members.

Elbe trail (EuroVelo 7) booming in Germany & Czech Republic

The 7th Czech – German conference on Marketing of the Elbe trail (EuroVelo 7), with the latest developments on the most popular German long-distance route.

EuroVelo 13 project partners explore scenic corner of Hungary

During the course of the Iron Curtain Trail project funded by the EU through its South East Europe Programme, the project meetings have taken the partners to some of the less well-known sections of the 10,000 km long route, including Lendava (in Slovenia), Szombathely (in Hungary) and Eisenstadt (in Austria).  Last month, the partners came together for the penultimate time (for the current project at least) in the Hungarian town of Harkány, which is located in a wine-growing region on the border with Croatia.

Opportunities for EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route in Slovenia

As we reported earlier this year, there is currently an ongoing EU co-financed project aiming to develop cycle tourism connected to EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route.  The Slovenian partner in the project – RRC-KP – recently asked one of the other project partners, Foreningen Frie Fugle, to participate in a workshop, as their role is to provide advice and support on establishing successful bookable offers linked to the route.  Here, Jens Erik Larsen From Foreningen Frie Fugle reports back on his experiences.

Cycling without borders: International conference marks a successful end to the Demarrage Project

The Demarrage Project has sought to develop the Rhine Cycle Route as a transnational touristic product and over the course of the past three years, it has delivered on all of the partner’s original aims, including adding the route to the EuroVelo network (as EuroVelo 15)!  A final conference for people involved in cycle tourism across Europe was held in Basel, Switzerland to share the lessons that have been learned along the way.

Annual NECC/Cs Meeting 2014 held in the French, German and Swiss tri-border area

Representatives of over 30 organisations from over twenty different countries attended this year’s Annual National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators (NECC/Cs) Meeting held on the banks of the River Rhine in Weil am Rhein, Germany.  The event coincided with the final conference of the Demarrage (EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Route) Project, which was held in Basil the following day.

Exciting times for EuroVelo 13: new section opened and Memorandum of Understanding signed

A three-day cycle tour starting on Sunday 21st September marked the grand opening of a new section of EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail along the border of Austria and the Czech Republic.  When the tour reached Slavonice, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) and the European GreenBelt Initiative.

France’s National Observatory for Cycle routes – technology to bring partners closer together

Our French National Coordinator, DRC (Départéments et Régions cyclables) has just released a simple and informative video to explain the functioning of the ON3V, France’s National Observatory for Cycle Routes in just 3 minutes 30 seconds.

New EuroVelo 13 signposting to mark 25th Anniversary of the Pan-European Picnic

Twenty five years ago the Pan-European Picnic was held to mark one of the first holes being cut in the Iron Curtain on the border between Hungary and Austria.  To mark this occasion, the Hungarian Cycling Alliance and Regional Management Burgenland agreed upon an itinerary for EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail and the route has been signed with official EuroVelo signposting in time for the anniversary on 19th August 2014

Millions of people on the move – The UK’s national cycle network goes from strength to strength

The latest figures released from the UK are proof of the demand for safe, comfortable and attractive cycle routes. Sustrans, our national EuroVelo coordination centre in the UK, has released a report which shows usage steadily on the rise on the National Cycle Network. This is despite the numbers of cyclists and walkers being in decline on the country’s road network in general.

EuroVelo Press kit available in different languages

EuroVelo has recently published a Press Kit & FAQ for EuroVelo in several languages:

If you are writing in print or online press about the European cycle route network, please refer to this document for the most up-to-date facts and fiqures, Frequently asked questions, and an overview of the network’s history.

“Cycling without borders” conference – Meet the speakers

Preparations are in full swing for the upcoming EuroVelo/Greenways international cycling tourism conference in Basel which will bring together leading figures from European politics, cycling tourism professionals, and key businesses in the cycling tourism market. The theme of the conference, at the meeting point of Switzerland, Germany and France; is Cycling without borders.

In a series of articles introducing you to the conference speakers, today we will meet Patrick Jansen, Martyn Brunt and Daniel Mourek.

Danish cycling ambassador in Poland

Last month, Jens Erik Larsen, a member of the EuroVelo Council, was invited to southern Poland to speak about cycle routes in Denmark and the EuroVelo project.  Since it is a busy time of the year, Jens Erik felt that there was limited time to go but then the Danish Ambassador to Poland himself called him in order to coordinate their presentations…so he decided he had better go!

“Bicistaffetta”, the annual Fiab bike ride, marks the inauguration of signing on EuroVelo 5

Between the 9th and 13th September, a bike ride will celebrate the newly-inaugurated signing along EuroVelo 5 in a very attractive stretch of the recently revised Via Romea Francigena. Registration has just opened to both to national and international participants.

A brand new EuroVelo route plus three extensions to existing routes move a step closer to joining the network

The proposed EuroVelo 17 – Rhone Cycle Route and extensions to EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route in Iceland and Portugal and EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route in Corsica have all become official ‘Candidate Routes’ following the decision of the EuroVelo Council at the end of June.  The applicants will now have until the end of 2015 to implement the four routes before a final decision is taken on whether they can formally become part of the network.

Transatlantic friendship: EuroVelo and Adventure Cycling Association announce partnership

As some of you will know, on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean there is a sister cycle route network to EuroVelo called the Adventure Cycling Route Network.  Organised by the Adventure Cycling Association, the network is currently over 67,000 km long and visits most parts of North America.  In addition to their own mapped route network, Adventure Cycling also coordinates the adoption of these routes and others into a nationally designated and signed network, called the U.S. Bicycle Route System.

Building a partnership for a potential EuroVelo route in Turkey

The EuroVelo network currently extends to Turkey only for a short section of EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail, around the city of Edirne on the Turkish/Bulgarian/Greek border. However efforts are in full swing to prepare routes in the Aegean region for a bid to join the EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean route when the application process opens in December 2016.

EuroVelo 9 comes under the spotlight

On the 24th June 2014, a coordination meeting on marketing activities for EuroVelo 9 – Baltic – Adriatic was held in Mönichkirchen (Austria). The meeting was organised by Austrian Tourism stakeholders together with representatives of Maribor (Slovenia), Christian Weinberger (the representative of the Austrian National EuroVelo Coordinator (NEC) and Adam Bodor, the Director of the EuroVelo at the ECF.

Iron Curtain Trail to be promoted at Greek Youth Festival

The 20th Adras Youth Festival, which will take place in Orestiada on the Greek side of the Turkish-Greek border between the 22nd and the 27th of July, will be an ideal opportunity to promote EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail in this cross-border region. Young people attending the event from Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece will be invited to cycle along the route that follows the borders which used to separate them during the Cold War.

New EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route Project kicks off in Nice

Every week the ECF Office receives lots of inquiries from cycle tourists wanting to cycle part or all of EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route. It is by far our most popular route. It was therefore very pleasing to hear earlier this year that a project related to EuroVelo 8 was awarded an EU Grant from DG ENTR.  At the end of May, the project partners gathered in Nice for the kick off meeting.

EuroVelo Routes and Ireland’s National Cycle Network Funding Programme

The Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport in the Republic of Ireland administers a multi annual National Cycle Network Funding Programme.  This year, more than €16 million was allocated under this Programme to the development of greenways in Ireland over the period to 2016. This funding will support the development of a number of new greenways some of which will be part of the EuroVelo route network in Ireland.

Niederrhein Radwandertag: Investments in cycle tourism and international collaboration make us all winners!

On Sunday 6th July the Upper Middle Rhine Valley was, for a day at least, cyclists’ heaven thanks to the Niederrhein Radwandertag. On the Dutch-German border, ECF Secretary General Bernhard Ensink took the opportunity to remind the participants, which included Frank Meyer, Mayor of the city of Krefeld (Germany), that “investments in cycle tourism and international collaboration make all stakeholders winners”, as attested by the success of EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route.

Connecting EuroVelo routes in France and Flanders

Through the European Interreg IVA France-Wallonie-Vlaanderen programme, local authorities in Northern France and the neighbouring Belgian region of Flanders have been working together on the I3VT project, which aims at developing cycle paths in this cross-border area. Started in 2012, this project is a particularly good initiative for the EuroVelo network, since three EuroVelo routes are located here.

Plan your trip along the route that unites Europe with EuroVelo13.com

A new website for the Southern section of EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail has recently gone online. Co-funded by the South East Europe Interreg programme as part of a project called “Iron Curtain Trail”, the new platform provides more complete information for those wishing to cycle this section of the longest EuroVelo route, including the historical context of the Cold War in each country.

Interview with Daniel Mourek, new member of the EuroVelo Council

Daniel Mourek has been involved with EuroVelo for many years now due to his role in the National EuroVelo Coordination Centre in the Czech Republic, the Czech Environmental Partnership Foundation. He has recently joined the EuroVelo Council, so we decided to ask him some questions so you will know him a little better!

Using the Iron Curtain Trail to promote cycling in Romania

On the 20th June 2014, fifteen cyclists took part in a cycle tour on EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail, organised by the National Institute for Research and Development in Tourism (I.N.C.D.T.) in Romania in the frame of the Iron Curtain Trail project. The tour aimed at encouraging cycling in Romania and at raising the awareness of local authorities.

The use of French EuroVelo routes under a microscope

French National EuroVelo Coordination Center (NECC), Départements et Régions Cyclables (DRC) published the first part of a study looking into the use of cycle routes in France. This first document focuses exclusively on French sections of EuroVelo routes. The system that allows the collection of the data will be maintained in order to follow-up studies every year.

International bike ride marks the inauguration of new signing on EuroVelo 13

Between the 7th and 14th June, an international bike ride was held along EuroVelo 13 through Bavaria (Germany), the Czech Republic and Austria to celebrate new signing along the Iron Curtain Trail. The ride was held under the auspices of the Czech Minister of Environment and was supported by the European Union DG ENV (Environment Directorate-General)

Significant improvements to EuroVelo 3 in Wallonia

As works are currently in progress on the Walloon sections of EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route, which links Santiago de Compostela in Spain to Trondheim in Norway, it is a good opportunity to take stock of “la route des pélerins” in Belgium.

Second EuroVelo, Greenways and Cycling Tourism Conference to spread the results of the DEMARRAGE – EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Route Project

This September, Basel will play host to a series of cycle tourism events and conferences timed to coincide with the closing of the successful Demarrage – EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Route Project.  Located at the meeting point of Switzerland, France and Germany, Basel is the perfect spot to mark the end of this successful four-year investment in cross-border cycle tourism focused on the River Rhine.

EuroVelo13 Iron Curtain Trail Cycling Trip and Festival

The Austrian-Hungarian border section of EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail will be officially opened on 19th August 2014, on the 25th anniversary of the Paneuropean Picnic, a symbolic event for the fall of the Iron Curtain. This event will be followed by an international cycling trip and festival organised by the Hungarian Cycling Alliance.

First Danish EuroVelo signage in place

As many of you will know, Denmark was one of the first countries in the world to develop a national cycle signage system.  Earlier this month the first EuroVelo signs were added to the system.

EuroVelo in next European Parliament

The European Elections are almost here and EuroVelo is part of the campaign. 341 candidates for the European Parliament specifically agreed with the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) that “the EU should provide the necessary resources for the central coordination of EuroVelo, the European cycle route network, in order to contribute to its timely completion by 2020”.

A blueprint for safer cycling

A new handbook for cycling-friendly design has been released in the UK, covering provisions for EuroVelo routes, National routes, and considerations for cyclists in all streets and public spaces.

Czech Mate: Cross-border cooperation on EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail

On the 6th May, regional and local authorities and cycling NGOs from the Carlsbad region of the Czech Republic met in Cheb with Daniel Mourek (representative of the Czech National EuroVelo Coordination Centre) to finalize the itinerary of EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail in the area.

Full programme released for 2014 “Croisière Cycliste” from Vienna – Nantes

We posted back in January about this year’s “Croisière Cycliste” – a month-and-a-half-long cycling odyssey linking the host cities of Velo-City 2013 and 2015, Vienna and Nantes, while promoting the EuroVelo network with a series of events along the EuroVelo 6.

Our member association AF3V (the French Association for the Development of Cycle Routes and Greenways) has now released a full programme of events along the way. So even if you can’t spare 6 weeks to take on the whole ride, you can join in along the way!

EuroVelo reaches Lisbon

The European Cyclists’ Federation and EuroVelo were represented at the Iberian Cycling Congress last 2nd-4th May. Lisbon hosted this conference for its 11th edition, 18 years after it was first held in the Portuguese capital in 1996. During these years, the Iberian Cycling Congress has become the reference point for cycling in the south of Europe.

Here comes the sun: Swedes invest in EuroVelo 7

EuroVelo 7 – Sun Route is being developed by Swedish municipalities along the coast line between Göteborg and Malmo with onward connections to the Danish capital of Copenhagen.

Study trip along Iron Curtain Trail in Slovakia

At the end of April, more than 20 people took part in a cycle study tour along part of the Slovakian section of EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail.

New EuroVelo 13 Project Kicks Off in Poland

The partners in a brand new EU-Funded project related to the northern section of EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail gathered in Warsaw this week for the Kick Off Meeting.

Project tour between Vienna and Maribor on EuroVelo 9

National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators (NECC/Cs), as well as their project partners, will have the opportunity to test a section of the EuroVelo 9 – Baltic–Adriatic route, on a project tour organised by the NEC in Austria. Cycle tours, visits and project meetings are all scheduled during a five day tour planned for this summer.

EuroVelo at IMBA Europe’s Summit

During the last weekend of March, EuroVelo Director Ádám Bodor was present at the International Mountain Bike Association Europe’s Summit in Cercedilla (Spain).  The event provided an opportunity to talk about possible opportunities to apply together for EU grants for cycling and…to mountain bike, of course!

Combining bike and train to explore the Iron Curtain Trail in Greece

On Sunday 30th March 2014, cycling and tourism stakeholders took part in an enjoyable bicycle-train journey around Kerkini Lake, in Northern Greece. The Ecological Movement of Thessaloniki – the Greek National EuroVelo Coordinator – and Antigone NGO organised a parallel study tour to the area, so that participants could experience the Bulgarian-Greek section of EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail.

The meticulous work of our Southern Polish partners

On Monday 31st April, our Southern Polish National Coordinators, Marek Zamana and Andrzej Zalewski paid us a visit to the ECF’s office in Brussels to present the progress of the work in their region. Their meticulous efforts seem to be very fruitful.

Good news from France – the new national Action Plan for Active Mobility favours cycling tourism.

A number of the proposals set out in the French Action Plan for Active Mobility (PAMA), which was launched by the Transport Minister, Frédéric Cuvillier, on March 5th, support the development of bike-tourism in France. The main goal for cycle tourism is to double its share of the country’s total tourism market by 2020 and to help achieve this 12 000 km of cycle paths could be built soon.

200 million Euros for cycling in Bavaria

Bavarian Minister of Transport, Joachim Hermrmann, just announced a plan to invest 200 million Euros for cycling in Bavaria over the next 5 years. EuroVelo routes 4, 6, 8 and 13 pass through this European region.

Experience Europe in two hours: EuroVelo 15 at the ITB Berlin

Earlier this month, EuroVelo returned to the ITB Berlin – the world’s leading travel trade fair – for the third successive year.  On this occasion, the general EuroVelo booth was shared with the Demarrage (EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Route) Project and there were a series of tours for journalists held during the week, providing a mini tour of the cycle route along one of Europe’s most dramatic rivers.

EuroVelo 8 : A French itinerary committee expected soon

On the 14th of February 2014, more than fifty French stakeholders of the Mediterranean Route were gathered in Marseille, at the PACA (Provence Alpes Côte d’Azur) region headquarters to discuss the creation of an itinerary committee for the French part of the Eurovelo8 (EV8).

New TEN-T Regulations published with reference to EuroVelo

Just before Christmas it was announced that the new Regulations relating to the EU’s TEN-T Network would include references to cycling and EuroVelo for the first time.  Now it is possible to finally see these references in print following the publication of the new TEN-T Regulations in the Official Journal of the European Union.

A Secretariat for EuroVelo in Spain

The Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment through the Direction of Rural Development will establish a Secretariat for EuroVelo in Spain. The decision was taken at a meeting attended by representatives of most of the Spanish regions and cyclist organisations in Madrid on February 24th. This coordination will start with the creation of a working group which will have their first meeting within 3 weeks.

EuroVelo in the Cycling Plan of Andalusia

The recently adopted Cycling Plan of Andalusia aims to become a reference for southern Europe on the promotion of cycling as a means of transportation, leisure and tourism. Based on the success of the reintroduction of cycling in Seville (Andalusia) where modal share of cycling increased from a 0.6% in 2006 to a 8.9% in 2012, the idea of the plan is to spread the best of the Seville experience throughout the region. It is structured on three levels: local (cycling as a mean of transportation), metropolitan (transportation, leisure and cycling tourism) and regional (mainly leisure and cycling tourism).

EuroVelo returns to ITB Berlin

After the success of our previous two visits, EuroVelo will be returning to the ITB Berlin next month where we will have a joint booth with the Demarrage (EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Route) project.

EuroVelo pushes for National Coordination in Spain at Fitur

Every year one of the world’s biggest tourism events takes place in Madrid, Spain. This year was no different. From January 22 to 26 The International Tourism Trade Fair (Fitur) had more than 220,000 visitors with 9,000 companies present from 165 countries. EuroVelo was present at this year’s Fitur, showcasing the European Cycle Route Network and pedaling towards a National EuroVelo Coordination Center for Spain.

Portuguese-Spanish Cycling Congress in Lisbon

Every two years since 1986 and annually since 2011, Portugal and Spain have celebrated the Iberian Congress of Cycling. Created by the Portuguese Cyclists’ Federation (FPCUB) and the Spanish Cyclists’ Organisation (ConBici) to strengthen the union between the two countries on the issue of cycling, it quickly became a reference in the region.

Kick-off for EuroVelo 13 in Austria

Progress continues on the Austrian section of EuroVelo 13 – a timetable has been agreed for the provisional route to open this summer, with full signposting and promotional materials to be in place for the spring of 2015.

Want to learn more about cycle tourism? Go out and experience it!

In September we were paid a visit from Andy Beanland as part of a fact finding tour of north western Europe funded by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.  He has just published a report on cycle tourism based on his experiences, so we caught up with him to hear what he had found out.

EuroVelo in TEN-T – An interview with Sari Essayah MEP

Sari Essayah is a Member of the European Parliament for the European People’s Party in Finland. Although better known for being a world-championship winning race-walking athlete, she has had a life-long connection to cycling. After she and her party supported the inclusion of references to cycling and EuroVelo in the regulations for the Trans-european Transport Network (TEN-T), we caught up with her at the European Parliament to talk about her life as an everyday cyclist.

Good news from Greece

A conference in held in Thessaloniki, Greece at the end of last year brought together cycling organisations from around the country with the aim of establishing a national network.

Experience EuroVelo 6 – Register for a summer ride between Vienna and Nantes

A bike ride from Vienna to Nantes will be organised in 2014 by ECF Member AF3V (the French Association for the Development of Cycle Routes and Greenways). The aim of the ride is to promote the EuroVelo network and the VeloCity 2015 conference in Nantes, the world’s premier cycling congress. 

Albergabici – Italy’s pioneering bed and bike search engine

This month saw the launch of a brand-new version of Albergabici, Italy’s website for the promotion of bicycle-friendly accomodation. We spoke to Michele Mutterle from our national coordinator FIAB (Federazione Italiana Amici della Bicicletta) about the work that went in to developing the site, their business model, and how the site works for both the cycle tourism industry and cyclists. 

Taking in the sights – Czech and Austrian partners test out route of EuroVelo 9 in Olomouc

In October, the Czech and Austrian National EuroVelo Coordinators tested out the section of EuroVelo 9 – Baltic – Adriatic that passes through the Olomouc Region of the Czech Republic.

EuroVelo 3 in France will open in 2016!

French partners in the EuroVelo 3 project came together in Amiens on November 8th for a steering committee session in order to agree the key details of the partnership (e.g. the budget, actions and payment schedule). By the end of the meeting the partners had agreed that they would aim to complete the French section of the route by 2016.

Turkish National Coordinator begins to digitise routes

The National EuroVelo Coordinator for Turkey, Envercevko, announced at a workshop this week that they would begin digitising Turkish national cycle routes.

Step by step towards a Spanish National EuroVelo Coordination Center (NECC)

Spain is the fourth most visited country in the world, with more than 57 million tourists each year and high seasonal tourism. Cycle tourism offers advantages, challenges and opportunities to improve those impressive figures.

European Parliament plenary session passes key EuroVelo legislation.

Following the ECF’s long-running campaign, which included sending letters to every MEP last week, we are pleased to announce that the TEN-T guidelines were approved by a large majority at this week’s Plenary session in Strasbourg meaning that cycling and EuroVelo are referenced in these guidelines for the first time ever!

Move towards international coordination of EuroVelo 1

Representatives from Spain, France and Ireland came together in Bayonne last month to make the first steps towards lasting international cooperation in the development of EuroVelo 1.

Full steam ahead for EuroVelo 15

The latest project meeting related to EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Route brought the participants extremely close to the theme of the route as they crossed the river in a ferry boat.  With the project entering into it’s final year and the route close to completion, attention is now turning to promotion and marketing.

EuroVelo Seeks Clarification on TEN-T Amendment

Amendments to the guidelines for the development of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) will be voted on at this week’s European Parliament plenary session. ECF and EuroVelo delivered 755 letters to the EU Parliament in a concerted effort to garner support for our call on the Commission to clarify the amendment. 

Northern Latvian section of EuroVelo 13 launched as part of CentralBalticCycling Project

Members of Vidzeme Tourism Association in Latvia have just led a promotional tour on a newly completed section of EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail between Riga and Ainaži.

New tools and information added to EuroVelo.org

One of the main purposes of the EuroVelo.org website is to share information and guidance amongst those organisations and individuals working on developing the EuroVelo network across Europe.  Over the past few months we have added a number of new documents and tools under the ‘Downloads’ section of the website that we thought would be useful to highlight.

Ukrainian Coordinator tests out potential routes for EuroVelo 4

In August, the Kyiv Cyclists’ Association (the National EuroVelo Coordinator for Ukraine) organised a field trip to explore a 350-km stretch of the planned EuroVelo 4 – Central Europe Route in the western part of the country.

Spread the news: Editor’s tour along the Rhine Cycle Route

Over the course of a week in May, ten international journalists were given a taster of EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route in each of the four countries through which it passes.

New funds for cycling in the UK will benefit EuroVelo routes

Earlier this month the British Prime Minister David Cameron announced that £94 million (€108) would be spent on promoting cycling.  The good news for EuroVelo is that three of the four routes that visit the UK are likely to benefit directly.   

Meeting of French authorities represents a further step forward for EuroVelo 8

Earlier this year we reported from Spain on the installation of signage along the northern section of EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route there (the first EuroVelo signs in the country).  In June, there was further good news for one of our most popular routes when French public authorities organised a meeting to discuss how the route could be developed further on their side of the border.

Central European Floods – EuroVelo Routes benefit from €130m Czech emergency repair fund

A total of €130m has been released by the Czech government for the immediate repair of roads, railways and bicycle routes in the wake of flooding which affected much of central Europe last month. This has allowed bicycle traffic on several of the Czech Republic’s most popular touristic routes to resume in a very short space of time.

75,000 cyclists descend on the Rhine Route during Tal Total Event

Once a year, the incredibly scenic section of the Upper Middle Rhine Valley is made car free and opened up to non-motorised transport.  This year ECF Secretary General Bernhard Ensink attended the event on Sunday 30th June, as it provided an opportunity to promote the Demarrage Project, which has been been developing EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Route over the past few years.

New EuroVelo website launched in the Ukraine

We are pleased to announce that Ukraine has become the latest country to launch its official EuroVelo website.  The Kyiv Cyclists’ Association (KCA), which was announced in May as the National EuroVelo Coordinator (NEC) for Ukraine, launched the site in English and Ukranian on the 7th of June.

EuroVelo’s Velo-city 2013 Diary

 

This year’s Velo-city conference has the biggest cycle tourism programme in the event’s 33 year old history.  We’ll be on hand to report back all the best bits for those of you who are not able to make it to the Austrian capital.

European institutions agree on TEN-T regulations and EuroVelo is in!

On Thursday it was announced that an agreement had been reached between the three main European Institutions – the European Commission, the Council of the European Union and the European Parliament – on proposals to transform the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T).  The good news is that it looks increasingly likely that cycling and EuroVelo will be directly referred to in the regulations for the first time ever.

First EuroVelo signs installed in the Netherlands

The Netherlands is the latest European country to install their first EuroVelo signs.  This important step also takes us closer towards the completion of EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route.

Bridge over troubled water: New bridge forms part of the Iron Curtain Trail

Another major milestone was passed this week in the EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail project, with the opening of a new bridge on the Austrian – Hungarian border.

International cycle tour marks opening of EuroVelo 9 in South Moravia

Last week the National EuroVelo Coordination Centre in the Czech Republic, Nadace Partnerstvi / CDV, opened the section of EuroVelo 9 that passes through South Moravia with a peloton of 60 cyclists from across Europe.

First step towards creating a Coordination Centre for Croatia

We receive a lot of inquiries in the ECF office from people who want to cycle in Croatia, particularly along EuroVelo 8, which follows the country’s Adriatic Coast.  Unfortunately, we don’t have an official National EuroVelo Coordination Centre there yet although when we visited Zagreb recently there were signs that we might not have to wait too much longer.

Creating a sustainable European cycle route network

This year’s National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators (NECC/Cs) Meeting will be taking place on Monday 10th June in Vienna – the day before Velo-city 2013 kicks off.

First signed EuroVelo route in Spain

Spain is on many people’s list of dream cycling destinations but until recently there has not been much in the way of infrastructure to support long-distance cycle trips.  The opening of the first signed section of a EuroVelo route in the country is therefore something to celebrate.  EuroVelo Council Member Jens Erik Larsen paid a visit to find out more.

MEP’s Question keeps EuroVelo on the European Commission’s radar

In January, the Romanian MEP Daciana Octavia Sârbu submitted a written question asking the European Commission whether those EuroVelo routes most in need of investment will receive priority funding in future.  The Commission have just responded and whilst they have not committed to a dedicated funding stream for EuroVelo they have said that they recognise the contribution the EuroVelo routes make to tourism and regional development in Europe.

Swiss cycle route webportal relaunched

Our Swiss National EuroVelo Coordination Centre, SwitzerlandMobility Foundation, already had one of the most developed national cycle route websites in Europe.  However, after five years of strong growth in the number of visitors to the site it was decided that a major update would be beneficial and the results are very impressive!

Rosy future for EuroVelo routes in Denmark

Denmark established the world’s first official signed national cycle route network all the way back in 1993.   In the intervening years however, the 3,500 km network has not received much attention.  All that is about to change though, thanks to two major developments.  Read on to find out more.

Biggest ever cycle tourism programme for Velo-city 2013

As we are sure you know already, the world of cycling will be descending on the Austrian capital Vienna in June for the latest  Velo-city conference.  It promises to be a bumper year for those interested in EuroVelo and cycling tourism.

EuroVelo’s ITB Berlin Diary

During the first week of March, the ECF returned to the ITB Berlin after a successful first experience in 2012. Whilst we were there we wrote a daily diary to give you a flavour of what happened at the world’s leading travel trade fair.

New Iron Curtain Trail project aims to bring 10,400 km route closer to reality

EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail invites people to retrace and experience the former division of the continent on a 10,400 km cycle route following what was the border.  Last week a new European funded project was launched to move this great idea a step closer to reality.

A good start but further challenges ahead to integrate EuroVelo in the TEN-T

The week before Christmas, ECF received an early present from the European Parliament when its Transport and Tourism Committee voted in a compromise amendment in the TEN-T guidance that included specific mentions of cycling, tourism and EuroVelo.

EuroVelo dates for your diary in 2013

It looks as though 2013 is already on course to be the best year yet for the European cycle route network!  Find out more about the dates to look out for over the coming months.

French authorities are told “EuroVelo 3, it’s you”!

On the 22nd November, representatives of 14 regional and local authorities attended a meeting in Paris to discuss the development of EuroVelo 3 – Pilgrims Route in France.  Alain Spada, the President of the French National EuroVelo Coordination Centre – Départements & Régions cyclables (DRC), told the attendees that their role in helping to realise this international route is essential.

Latvian study tour brings the realisation of EuroVelos 10 and 13 a step closer

Four days of seminars and study tours along Latvia’s Baltic Coast have brought wider awareness about EuroVelo 10 – Baltic Sea Route and EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail and helped identify what needs to be done in order to complete those sections of the routes.

Bed And Bike: Spain Launches Cycling Accommodation Label

This month the Spanish organisation Girona Greenways has launched a nationwide cyclist friendly accommodation scheme known as the ‘Bed and Bike label’.

Bicistaffetta – a way of promoting cycle routes in Italy

Each year the Italian cyclist federation and National EuroVelo Coordination Centre, FIAB, organise a cycle trip with its members to a particular part of the country to open new cycle routes and to encourage authorities to build more facilities.  EuroVelo Council Member, Jens Erik Larsen joined them for the ride.

Crimean conference demonstrates the growing interest in cycling tourism in the Ukraine

Every year cycling activists in Ukraine organise Veloforum, an international cycling conference.  As this year’s event was held in the Black Sea resort of Yevpatoria on the Crimea, there were several presentations and workshops relating to cycling tourism.  The good news is that it really seems to be taking off in the Ukraine.

Traveling from the other side of the world to cycle a EuroVelo route

We know that the EuroVelo routes are popular with tourists across Europe but they are also increasingly attracting cyclists from around the world.  Take Michael van der Zanden for example, who recently came all the way from Perth, Australia to cycle the whole of EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Route.

Slovenia wakes up to cycle tourism

After a few years without any significant developments with regards to implementing or signing cycle routes, Slovenia has suddenly seen a surge in activity over the past few months.  EuroVelo Council Member, Jens Erik Larsen paid a visit to Maribor to find out more.

Bridging the Gap: The Power Of EU Funding

A 1 kilometre long bicycle bridge opened on the weekend points to the growing role European funds can play in creating high-quality bicycle infrastructure.

Cycling tourism needs to widen its appeal say top cycling experts

Cycling tourism is a huge growth sector but it needs to widen its appeal if it wants to get even bigger. Ed Lancaster lets us know what’s happening after returning from the first ever EuroVelo, Greenways and Cycle Tourism conference last week.

Austrian Trains Go Cycle-Friendly

Austrian railways ÖBB is changing its policies and has now begun allowing bicycle carriage on railjet. As for the rest of Europe’s trains however, there’s still a long way to go.

Turkish National EuroVelo Coordinator visits Greece to discuss ways to extend the network

Although EnverCevko successfully applied to become the National EuroVelo Coordinator for Turkey last year, at the moment none of the EuroVelo routes visits this eastern Mediterranean country.  Understandably therefore, the organisation is keen for one of the existing routes to be extended into their homeland.

Czech-German cycle tour along EuroVelo 13

On 12-14th July 2012, the Carlsbad Region in the Czech Republic organised a cycle tour, with a number of distinguished guests, along part of the Czech-German section of EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail.

VeloMarathon reaches Brussels

After 4,000 km, 55 days and 11 countries, the participants in the VeloMarathon paid a visit to the ECF’s offices in Brussels on Tuesday 17th July on route to start of the London Olympics.

First speakers announced for EuroVelo, Greenways and Cycling Tourism Conference

On Wednesday September 26th, Nantes, France will find itself home to the first ever joint conference of the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) and the European Greenways Association (EGWA).

Official launch of French section of EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route

La Vélodyssée®, the name given to the section of EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route in France, was officially ‘launched’ on the 30th June.

Significant increase in the number of people using the UK’s national cycle routes

The National EuroVelo Coordinator for the UK, Sustrans, has reported the biggest ever increase in the number of people cycling on its National Cycle Network (NCN), with 40 million more cycling trips made during 2011 than in the year before – an 18% increase.  In total 256 million trips were made by bike on the NCN in 2011.

Free app for Swiss cycle routes

SwitzerlandMobility Foundation are the latest National EuroVelo Coordination Centre or Coordinator to make an app available for iPhones.

New cyclist friendly services scheme is launched in France

An audience of 80 people attended the official launch of Accueil Vélo at the heart of the Ministry of Economy and Finance in Bercy, Paris in May 2012.

EuroVelo goes to North America!

Adam Bodor, the ECF Director of EuroVelo, Cycling Tourism and Regional Policy will be a keynote speaker at this year’s Velo-city Global in Vancouver.  Find out what he will be saying and how you can still get involved.

Turkish Government interested in introducing standards for cycling instrastructure

On 19th April, the National EuroVelo Coordinator for Turkey, EnverCevko, took part in a meeting on cycling infrastructure organised by the Ministry of Environment and Urbanism.

From Bulgaria to London on EuroVelo routes

On Saturday 2nd June, a team of 20 riders are commencing a ‘velo marathon’ in Pleven, Bulgaria.  But this is no ordinary marathon.  They expect that it will take them 55 days, passing through 11 countries and covering over 4,000 km to reach their destination – the opening of the Olympics in London!

Unlocking 2.5 Billion Euros for EuroVelo

EuroVelo will need 2.5 billion Euros if it is to be complete by 2020 . Ed Lancaster tells us about ECF’s latest efforts in funding the European cycle route network: EuroVelo.

Central Baltic Cycling Workshop and Study Tour in Latvia

A workshop entitled “European and Latvian Experience for Creating Cycling Routes” will be held on Wednesday 23rd May 2012 in the Meža Salas Tourism and Leisure Centre near Limbazi, Latvia.

32 Billion Euro in Transport Funding Under Threat

€32 billion of transport funding is under threat, as the EU prepares its 2014-2020 budget. A wide coalition of transport groups including the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) have written an open letter, urging governments to maintain funding for transport, explains ECF Policy Officer Ed Lancaster.

Date and venue for joint ECF and European Greenways Association Conference announced

The first ever joint European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) and European Greenways Association (EGWA) conference will take place in Nantes, France on Wednesday 26th September 2012.

Successful first year for EuroVelo at the ITB Berlin

As reported previously, it was decided this year to have a EuroVelo booth at the ITB Berlin, the world’s leading travel trade fair.  And what a hectic (but rewarding) few days it was!

EuroVelo Central Coordination to receive funding from the EU

At the end of February, the ECF received the fantastic news that the application for a grant from the European Union for the Central Coordination of EuroVelo had been successful.  This is the second year in a row that the ECF and its partners have been successful in applying for this funding.

New section of EuroVelo 9 to be opened in April

On 21st April an opening event is planned for a recently renovated cross border cycling route on EuroVelo 9 between the Czech Republic and Austria.

Bringing EuroVelo to the land of fire and ice?

Last month, EuroVelo Council Member, Jens Erik Larsen, attended a conference in Reykjavik to consider the potential of establishing a EuroVelo route in Iceland.  Read about how it went here.

EU Parliament To Study Benefits of EuroVelo and Cycling Tourism

The European Parliament has commissioned a second study into the benefits of cycling tourism.

Fun in the Sun: Gokova Cycling Tour 2012

Every year the Turkish National EuroVelo Coordinator, EnverCevko, join forces with the Mugla Cycling Association to organise an international cycling tour along the beautiful Gulf of Gokova.

Keeping standards high in Switzerland

The quality control of European, national and regional cycling routes is taken very seriously in Switzerland.

Patron of the Iron Curtain Trail in the Czech Republic, Václav Havel dies at 75

There was sad news in December when it was announced that Václav Havel, the famous Czech playwright, essayist, poet, dissident and politician had died aged 75.

Spread the news: kick off meeting for new EuroVelo 3 project held in Norway

The Swedish and Norwegian parts of EuroVelo 3 – The Pilgrims Route were not included in last years’ EU-funded project; however, in Norway a new project aiming to implement the route there is now in the pipeline.

Spectacular New Viaduct and Tunnel added to EuroVelo 1

Two exciting developments to report related to EuroVelo 1 in the UK

EuroVelo Council Member Jens Erik Larsen reports on the Bicistaffetta tour

It is that time of year when, to beat the January blues, people start thinking about their cycle holidays.  Italy is a popular destination with cycle tourists with its mix of good weather, fine food and stunning countryside.  In September last year, EuroVelo Council Member Jens Erik Larsen took part in Bicistaffetta – an annual tour held to publicise Italy’s bicycle routes – and here he recounts his experiences:

EuroVelo at ITB Berlin

The ITB Berlin is the world’s leading travel trade show and for the first time EuroVelo will have its own booth there.

European Parliament votes to include EuroVelo in the TEN-T Network

2011 ended on a high note for the EuroVelo project when the European Parliament voted on 15th December that: “EuroVelo, the European long-distance cycle route network, should be included in the TEN-T network”.

A Successful Year for EuroVelo Closes With 3 Workshops in Brussels

Without a doubt, 2011 has been a remarkable year for EuroVelo, the European cycle route network. 

EuroVelo Workshops in December

December will bring not one but three EuroVelo workshops to Brussels. 

EuroVelo.org Goes Live!

After months of planning, EuroVelo.org – the website for professionals working on the EuroVelo routes – went live on Tuesday 15th November. 

All Routes Lead to EuroVelo

Over 10,000 kilometres were added to the European Cycle Route Network when two new cycle routes were officially inaugurated at a EuroVelo Workshop held in the European Parliament in Brussels on 15th September.