Together with experts from around Europe, ECF has developed a set of common core questions for user surveys on EuroVelo routes. It was prepared based on existing user surveys and in collaboration with our Atlantic on Bike (EuroVelo 1 – Atlantic Coast Route), MedCycleTour (EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route ) and Biking South Baltic! (Eurovelo 10 – Baltic Sea Cycle Route) partners.
The 18 core questions are based on the EuroVelo Manual: “Guidance on usage monitoring“. The aim is to collect comparable data on all the people using cycle routes in order to assess and compare the frequentation of the different routes as well as their economic impact across Europe.
The questions center on the trip and the cyclists themselves. They concern for example the nature of the cycle trip, its duration, the money spent for it, but also if cyclists are accompanied by other people, their age and cycling habits, among other questions. The questions can be used in surveys on non-EuroVelo routes as well.
All the National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators but also regions, cities or other interested parties are encouraged to integrate the common core questions into their own surveys and questionnaires. They can obviously be supplemented by additional questions of interest to the organisation undertaking the research.
If the common core questions are used widely, it will be easier to collect and communicate data about the EuroVelo network on the European level and also to compare and contrast experiences in different routes/countries.
The common core questions can be viewed here.
For more information, please contact Holger Haubold, Fiscal and Economic Policy Officer h.haubold@. ecf.com