It is possible to make changes to the existing EuroVelo routes or even add completely new ones. In September 2011, two new routes were officially inaugurated at a ceremony in Brussels: EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail and EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Route.
By the time that they are formally adopted, all EuroVelo routes should fulfill the following basic criteria:
- Based on existing or future national or regional routes of the involved countries.
- At least two countries are involved.
- Route length at least 1,000km.
- Easy to communicate, internationally recognisable identity and name (marketing potential).
- Implementation plans in place (project plan, business plan, partners).
- Signing in accordance with the regulations of the respective nations and/or regions, continuous and in both directions.
- Signage supplemented by EuroVelo route information panels, in accordance with the recommendations of the UNECE and the ECF signing manual.
There is a formal process by which new routes, or additions to existing routes, can be added to the network. This is set out in the Central EuroVelo Route Coordination Rules:
Please note that the rules were updated in September 2013.
The main deadlines for the next application periods are set out in the table below:
Applications for the current Call should be submitted by Tuesday 31st December 2013. Applications can be submitted either electronically to EuroVelo@ecf.com or by post to:
FAO EuroVelo Team
European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF)
Rue Franklin 28
Although applications can be submitted in any of the official languages of the EU, the preference is for them to be in English.
If you do have any questions about the evaluation process please email: EuroVelo@ecf.com.