Spotlight on the EuroVelo 3 - The Pilgrims’ Cycle Route
25 September 2019
Seven European countries, 5400km and 20 UNESCO sites, these are the things waiting for you to discover on the European cycle route “EuroVelo 3 - The Pilgrims’ Cycle Route”. For 18 months, 9 organisations from the 7 countries on the route worked hand in hand with the goal of improving the infrastructure, signage and the vibrancy of tourism operators along the route, and to promote it. All of this is part of a European project financed by the COSME programme. You still need to wait a little longer before you will be able to follow unified signposting from Trondheim in Norway to Santiago de Compostela in Spain, but the partners are working on it!
For Travellers Above All Else!
It is travellers who will benefit directly from the concrete services developed as part of the project, such as: an app to plan their trip (allowing them to consult GSP tracks and to discover the principle points of interest for each stage), the bike travelling services published on eurovelo.com and detailed information on the route itself, available on national websites, like Belgium’s and on the global platform of the whole route.
In terms of the signage and the cross-country infrastructure, the EuroVelo 3 signs have already been put up across the entire route in Belgium, but have yet to be fully implemented in Norway, Denmark, Germany, France and Spain.
And to make you even more excited about setting off, here are a few images
of what is awaiting you.
Thanks again to the European COSME project, tourism professionals along the route in each country have been consulted. The aim? To put in place and to assure the continued success of a vibrant atmosphere around cycle tourism
beyond the project! In Belgium, more than 30 participants from tourism offices, places of accommodation, tourist sites, etc. have expressed their desire to know more about the equipment along the route and to meet up more often to work together. In Santiago de Compostela, more than 70 participants originating from 10 countries actively participated in the final European conference which took place from 25 to 26 September 2019. Exciting, isn’t it?
Another key subject of cycle tourism: UNESCO sites and cycling. The link is not always obvious. With the special support of the University of Central Lancashire, the partners created a manual for the directors of UNESCO sites to guide them in their desire to welcome cycle travellers in the best way possible. First of all, the manual explains how conduct a visitor survey to better understand their habits in terms of how they access the site and to develop infrastructures to welcome them, which will then allow them to propose solutions adapted to the particular needs of UNESCO sites. For example, reducing the number of parking spaces, the development cycle links with public transport and quality cycle parks or even the installation of points where you can get drinking water could be the measures put in place by managers of UNESCO sites.
Here is a project that permits us to take a huge step in improving the EuroVelo 3 route in Europe!
This collaboration was carried out as part of a European project co-financed by the COSME programme, as well as the partners themselves.
Open registration! EuroVelo 3 Conference 25th – 26th September 2019