Eurovelo Information Guide

Eurovelo Information and Cycle Routes

Introduction

The European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) is coordinating the development of a network of high-quality cycling routes that connect the whole continent.  The routes can be used by long-distance cycle tourists, as well as by local people making daily journeys.  EuroVelo currently comprises of 14 routes and it is envisaged that the network will be substantially complete by 2020.

EuroVelo:

  • promotes economically, environmentally and socially sustainable travel;
  • improves the quality of EuroVelo routes in all participating European countries;
  • promotes the uniform signing of EuroVelo routes in accordance with published standards;
  • provides Europe-wide information on EuroVelo routes and national cycle routes;
  • supports the development of national coordination centres for EuroVelo route and national routes; and
  • fosters exchange of experience and best practice between European states and regions, stimulating high quality cycle strategies and infrastructure.

EuroVelo implementation and quality assurance is coordinated by the ECF in collaboration with National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators. The network can be supplemented by the addition of new routes, provided these fulfill EuroVelo criteria, ( Criteria ) meet EuroVelo quality standards, complement the existing EuroVelo routes in spatial terms and increase the implemented percentage of the current network.

History of EuroVelo

A pair of old bikes leaning against a wall in a house

The idea of creating a network of international cycle routes spanning Europe started back in 1995. It was initially coordinated by the ECF, De Frie Fugle (Denmark) and Sustrans (UK) and the original plan was to create 12 long-distance cycle routes. Since August 2007, the ECF has assumed full responsibility for the project. Despite sometimes tight financial constraints, the EuroVelo project has already

begun to deliver on the vision of its founders with sections of the network being implemented in countries as far a part as Finland, Cyprus, Spain and the UK. In addition, the EuroVelo brand has become widely known and is increasingly seen as a sign of quality……..Read More

European Cycle Federation

European Cyclists Federation Logo in Blue

Since our foundation in 1983, ECF has had one goal: To promote cycling as a sustainable and healthy means of transportation and recreation. Our roots are in Europe, but the challenges we face are global. We believe the bicycle is a solution to many of the world’s woes. We therefore have an ambition to export both ours and our members’ expertise worldwide.

The first of these key documents was the Declaration of Berne in May 2007. Following two years later, the Charter of Brussels was published and signed in May 2009. The Charter of Seville was made public in March 2010……..Read More

What is EuroVelo?

EuroVelo, the European cycle route network, is a project managed by the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) in cooperation with national and regional partners. EuroVelo incorporates existing and planned national and regional cycle routes into a single European network. It currently consists of well over 45,000 km of bike paths and thousands of kilometers more are planned – when completed it will total over 70,000 km.

EuroVelo signposting can now be found in Austria, France, Germany, Hungary, Serbia, Slovakia, Switzerland and the UK. The international status of the routes helps with garnering funds and political support for their continuing construction……….Read More

EuroVelo Routes

Eurovelo Route Map

There have been a number of route development projects in recent years. Each one has slightly different aims and objectives but they typically involve developing action plans, joint marketing and publicity strategies, sharing best practices and even improvements to physical infrastructure. In most cases the ECF is one partner in a multinational team.

At the moment, the ECF is involved in a route development project related to EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Route. Last year, there were three one year route development projects sponsored by DG ENTR……….Read More

Choosing a Bicycle

New bikes for sale in a shop

The basic shape and configuration of a typical upright, or safety bicycle, has changed little since the first chain-driven model was developed around 1885. But many details have been improved, especially since the advent of modern materials and computer-aided design. These have allowed for a proliferation of specialized designs for many types of cycling. Bicycles can be categorized in different ways: such as by function, by number of riders, by general construction, by gearing or by means of propulsion.

The more common types include utility bicycles, mountain bicycles, racing bicycles, touring bicycles,hybrid bicycles, cruiser bicycles, and BMX Bikes. Less common are tandems, lowriders, tall bikes, fixed gear,folding models, amphibious bicycles and recumbents. Unicycles, tricycles and quadracycles are not strictly bicycles, as they have respectively one, three and four wheels, but are often referred to informally as “bikes”…………..Read More

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