Cycling tourism: The new growing tourism industry

A constantly rising category of tourists is the sightseers of bicycle-tourists. They are all those passionate travelers who load a certain number of existing clothes and travelling things in cycling bags and move to “enchanting” routes with their bicycles at a slow pace.

This category of tourists loves the environment which crosses observing it in detail because of their slow movement. Their joy stems from the use of the bike and the observation of the selected route as well as the frequent stations they make during their journey.

The Elliot Bay Trail in Seattle, Washington USA
Photo by Green Lane Project, licensed Public Domain

The important aspects of cycling tourism are:

  1. Highly environmentally friendly tourism.
  2. It increases the revenues in the companies of the local sites visited.
  3. Unknown areas are upgraded to tourist areas.
  4. The tourist season increases during the year (e.g. eight months in Southern Europe).

Study by the European Parliament (2012) (Posted on the website of the European Federation of Cyclists (EFC) and its respective resolutions (PE614,332n 01-00,  B8-0703/2018)  shows that every year there are 2.2 billion cycling excursions for tourist reasons in Europe, of which 20 million include at least one night-stay.

Eurovelo is a European bicycle-route network where each EU member country that joins this network is obliged

1. To place information signs in different parts of the route belonging to this member country.

2. To create a website that will guide their bicycle-tourists to the overnight accommodation stations that are available on the route belonging to the member country.

3. To create mobile applications that will include all the useful information for cyclists.

The Eurovelo is estimated to be able to include, in the future, around 2.2 billion trips on a bicycle, 20 million overnights with a financial benefit of €44 billion.

In the Eurovelo network there are routes that extend entirely to protected bicycle paths, such as route 15 (1320 km) along the Rhine and other routes using very short traffic roads.

The categorization of each route shows how much traffic is, if there are obstacles (ladders etc.) and what condition the infrastructure is in.

The development of bike-tourism is based on a single element. How all these bike-paths will become for their users as safe as possible to grow all the categories of cyclists who will use them.

All the efforts of the EU and the competent authorities should move in this direction, and it should be made compulsory in all EU cities to create safe bicycle paths in the centre of these cities.

Only in this way will the EU cultivate the use of the bicycle in its societies, while it should implement pan-European common incentives to develop the bike-tourism institution.

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