More and more beautiful infrastructure along the EuroVelo 3 in Wallonia - RAVeL
16 May 2019
New cycling infrastructures are flourishing in Wallonia and help to improve the quality of the routes along the EuroVelo 3. On the 27th of April 2019, the sun was out for the inauguration of three new sections of Line 38 on the RAVeL network, a network of environmentally friendly routes in Wallonia. The aim is to attract more and more cyclists, both local and travellers.
Image 1 : Map of the RAVeL
Quality cycling facilities along the EuroVelo 3
Thanks to the 2016-2019 RAVeL investment plan of Wallonia’s Ministry of Mobility and Public Works, we can now enjoy new signposted infrastructures. The new developments were mainly intended to fill in missing links and allow cyclists to travel to new town and city centres from the existing RAVeL network by developing continuous cycle routes. This does not only come in handy for local road users, but also for cycle tourists using the EuroVelo 3. Line 38 actually forms part of this cycle route and its inception has made it much easier for cyclists to travel. The EuroVelo 3 runs from Norway to Spain over 5,000 km, but still needs a lot of investment on certain stretches across Europe. This is not the case for the 210 km stretch across Belgian territory, however, as it is considered to be one of the most developed and signposted of the entire network.
Image 2 : Line 38 Herve - Thimister
Inaugurations to kick off the summer months
Many road users in the region are breathing a sigh of relief with the end of the construction works and the start of the inaugurations. They had been looking forward for years to the construction of two new bridges that would connect the RAVeL route along the Ourthe to Chênée and Line 38 to Vaux-sous-Chèvremont. This would finally link up certain sections of the RAVeL with some of the most frequented routes in Wallonia. More than 6 million euro has been invested in Line 38. From asphalting to the construction of a new bridge near Hombourg’s old train station (Plombières) and the creation of a new asphalt track across 10 km between Herve and Thimister-Clermont (one of the most beautiful villages in Wallonia) - thanks to all these developments on Line 38, the recent inaugurations drew large crowds. And with the summer months approaching, even more cyclists are expected to take advantage of the new infrastructure.
Image 3 : Hombourg - Old Laschet tunnel
Image 4 : Link between Line 38 and the Ourthe, the Vesdre bridge
And that isn’t all - over the next two years more asphalting has been planned on Lines 38 and 39 between Thimister-Clermont, Aubel, Plombières and Aachen for a total cost of around 2.8 million euros.
You will therefore soon be able to safely travel the 55 km that separate Liège and Aix-la-Chapelle on the RAVeL. The ultimate aim is to create a proper touristic cycle network between the Vennbahn, the Trambaan (connection between Maastricht, Vaals and Aachen), Line 38 and the Meuse at the heart of the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion. This would further promote travel by bike, develop the local economy and facilitate travel for daily users.
Do you dream of heading from England and cycling all the way to the South of Italy or from Norway to Spain while only following one route? It’s now quick and easy with EuroVelo 5 - Via Romeo Francigena or EuroVelo 3 - Pilgrims Route. The EuroVelo network allows you to cross 42 European countries by following 16 themed long-distance routes and pedalling 70,000km... And of course, all of that’s by bike!