New Routes

It is possible to make changes to the existing EuroVelo routes or even add completely new ones.  For example, two new routes joined the network in 2011: EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail and EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Route while EuroVelo 17 – Rhone Cycle Route joined in 2016.


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:

Central EuroVelo Route Coordination Rules

Please note that the rules were updated in April 2016.


The main deadlines for the next application periods are set out in the table below:

Timetable for Web 230619

If you do have any questions about the process please email: EuroVelo[at]