EuroVelo routes featured prominently again in this year’s European Greenways Award. This year the awards were held on 16th October in Namur, Belgium. In total, seven greenways from Germany, Belgium, Spain, United Kingdom and Czech Republic were recognised as best practices examples.
For the first time ever, a Latvian Greenway (Limbaži-lake Katvaru) was also nominated for the prestigeous award.
The Silver Cyclists project has officially been launched in September, aiming at increasing the number of seniors undertaking cycling holidays both domestically as well as to other European destinations.
The end of September marked the close of the eighteen-month EuroVelo 13 project, which has involved partners in eight countries along the northern half of the Iron Curtain Trail. The partners can look back on some notable achievements, including a completed EuroVelo13.com website and brand new cycle tourism package offers.
Vidzeme Tourism Association has been a partner in this project and, together with Latvian Tourism Development Agency, created several packages along the EuroVelo 13 route in Latvia. Also, a new European Commission project on EuroVelo 13 (EV13ICTE) has begun on September 19, and will last for 18 month. The main focus in the project will be the development of a new mobile application for EuroVelo 13 route.
I’m all alone. In front of me the beach is empty, behind me as well. An abandoned fishing boat and some scattered driftwood lie around in the surf. I have been cycling on the beach for ten kilometers now, continuously less than a meter away from the water.
The Latvian Presidency of the European Union ended in Riga with the hosting of the TEN-T Days to discuss the latest developments and opportunities for the trans-European transportation network. ECF as the coordinator of EuroVelo, the European cycle route network presented the opportunities that investments in cycling offer for Europe and what kind of new opportunities have arisen since cycling has been integrated into the official guidelines and regulations. - See more at: http://www.ecf.com/news/eurovelo-at-the-ten-t-days-in-riga/#sthash.WmQMCRnw.dpuf
European Cultural Tourism Network (ECTN) has opened a contest for nomination ‘Destination of Sustainable Cultural Tourism 2015’ Award to all tourism destinations Europe-wide for the benefit of destinations, communities, businesses, citizens and visitors.
The third and final project meeting for the EuroVelo 13 project took place at the beginning of May in Riga, Latvia. The hosts used the arrival of the transnational partners to hold a successful press conference and arranged for the official opening of a beautiful new cycling and walking bridge in the village of Carnikava just to the north of the capital.