Whilst the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis has presented (hopefully short term) challenges for those companies working in the cycling tourism sector, it has conversely given a significant boost to cycling and cycle tourism. Over the coming weeks and months it is going to be crucial to build on this momentum and to ensure that temporary measures being introduced around Europe become permanent.
On the European level we are using the #RestartCycleTourism hashtag in relation to the various initiatives popping up to revive cycle tourism this summer, playing off the UNWTO #RestartTourism campaign.
Join the campaign and use #RestartCycleTourism as well!
Here are a few examples of the hashtag in use:
National campaigns and other measures to boost cycle tourism
On this page, we are collecting and sharing examples of national initiatives and other measures that have been taken to encourage cycle tourism this summer (to both public and professional audiences). Here are the main actions we have collected so far:
- New EP resolution to support the EU’s tourism and travel sector and make it sustainable by the EU Parliament.
- We Are Europe campaign by the European Travel Commission and EURONEWS, together with the #visiteurope movie.
- UNWTO's Global Guidelines to Restart Tourism, calling for sustainability as the new normal.
- Free Rail Pass offer for residents and free bicycle transport in trains until 31/12/2020 in Belgium.
- "Welcome to my Garden" initiative in Belgium.
- Summer Package: free ferry travel on all domestic ferries for cyclists and pedestrians during July and cheaper tickets for public transport in Denmark.
- Approval of 20M DKK by the Danish government for the development of a junction network in Denmark, including a national survey of roads, path etc., the development of a national signing system and a digital platform, and the execution of pilot projects in selected municipalities.
- Shelters are a good way to wild camp when practicing slow travel in Denmark - but be careful with social distancing as many people are using the shelters at the moment. Use shelterapp.dk when travelling.
- #JeVoyageAVelo campaign in France.
- Train Loire à Vélo which offers cyclists free bike transportation between Orléans, Tours, Nantes and Le Croisic, from 4 July to 13 September. Each train can carry 50 to 83 bicycles!
- Consumer guidelines of the #Abseitsradeln campaign in Germany: cyclists-friendly accommodations Bett+Bike, cycle maps, route-finder and cycle route planner.
- 16 sections of state roads to be reserved for cyclists, local residents and buses in August 2020 in Luxembourg.
- Move, we carry! initiative that allows free luggage transport for cyclists in Luxembourg.
Dashboard: European COVID-19 cycling measures tracker
The European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF), in collaboration with its member organisations from all over Europe, have been collecting detailed information about the cycling measures taken by local or national authorities for the recovery after COVID-19 quarantine.
A few numbers in-depth:
- Over 1,800 km of new cycling and walking infrastructure have been announced
- More than 700 km are already rideable
- In excess of 900,000,000 € have been allocated for cycling promotion
Explore the interactive dashboard to learn more about these measures including country and city rankings.
2020 EuroVelo Summer Photo Contest
This year, as part of the #RestartCycleTourism campaign, we want cyclists to explore their local surroundings and share the best picture of their cycle holidays along EuroVelo 15 - Rhine Cycle Route or EuroVelo 19 - Meuse Cycle Route. To participate, all you need to do is enter the contest via www.contest.eurovelo.com and share a photo with us on Instagram. The prize is a free cycling holiday package along a section of these routes! More info
Our COVID-19 related coverage
- 05/06/2020: Will the sun come out for the cycling tourism sector after a COVID-hit spring?
- 03/06/2020: A chance for cycling tourism and leisure cycling to shine
- 03/06/2020: Dreaming about Cycling Holidays: EuroVelo 19 – Meuse Cycle Route from your bedroom
- 29/04/2020: Part II: What to read and watch for cycling tourism inspiration during lockdown
- 27/04/2020: Dreaming about Cycling Holidays: EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Cycle Route from your bedroom
- 31/03/2020: Cycling tourism and COVID-19: The role of cycling tourism in overcoming this global challenge
- 30/03/2020: What to read and watch for cycling tourism inspiration during lockdown