Partners along the Mediterranean MEDCYCLETOUR meet in Izola

The partners of the MEDCYCLETOUR project met on 4-5 October in Izola, Slovenia for their 4th steering committee meeting. MEDCYCLETOUR stands for “MEDiterranean Cycle route for sustainable coastal TOURism” and its focus is the development of the EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route.

The overall objective of this project is to promote sustainable and responsible tourism in coastal areas across the Mediterranean, using the route to influence regional and national policies.

The main points addressed during the meeting included the ECF’s coordination of the route survey according to European Certification Standard (ECS), which is set to be completed. The ECS is used to certify EuroVelo routes and, furthermore, serves as a quality assessment tool for national or regional routes. Additionally, the various partners provided progress updates on their activities and continue to work on their national and regional action plans. ECF also presented its new web development platform, which will refresh the look of current EuroVelo route websites and further integrate them in the backend, alongside, future actions covering different promotional activities such as attending the leading tourism travel show, the ITB in Berlin next year, the promotional brochure, etc.

Moreover, the partners presented the implementation of pilot projects along the route. The different types of pilots consist of EuroVelo route signage, usage monitoring systems and cycle friendly services. For instance, the counting system being implemented in Catalonia that registers the number of cyclists passing through on the route.

The ECF is one of 10 partners from 7 different countries. The project also includes 8 associated partners. The project has a budget of over €2.5 million and it will finish in the very beginning of 2020 with an international conference and the signing of a Long-Term Management Agreement (LTMA) for the EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route.

MECYCLETOUR is co-financed by the INTERREG MED Programme. To find out more about the MedCycleTour, please visit the project’s website.

And for more information about cycling along EuroVelo 8 – Mediterranean Route, please visit our website.