BICIMUGI is a 30-month project taking place from January 2020 to June 2022, with a budget of over 4.4 million euros, bringing 6 partners together around the development of connected cycling itineraries in rural areas accessible for all, including young people, mobility impaired people, retired people, etc. It is co-funded by the Interreg POCTEFA Programme.
Its specific objective is to promote the mobility of goods and people. The activities of the project include:
- The development and signing of local cycling networks connecting the villages to major towns and cities, such as Bayonne and Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port;
- The creation of services for cyclists;
- The installation of counters;
- The promotion and awareness-raising of cycling mobility in rural areas and among younger audiences; and
- The development of intermodality, especially along the hillier stretches.
The role of ECF in this cross-border project includes providing international expertise on monitoring and evaluating the economic impact of cycling tourism; coordinating the exchange of best practices among European cities and regions working on rural mobility; producing methodologies and standards on relevant topics (e.g. European Certification Standard for long distance cycle routes (ECS)); and communicating the results of the project to a European audience.
The ECF is one of 6 partners from 3 different countries:
- La Rioja Turismo
- Nasuvinsa (Navarra, a member of ECF’s Cities and Regions for Cyclists Network)
- Estérençuby municipality
- Saint-Palais municipality
- Department of Pyrénées-Atlantique