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New Routes

It is possible to make changes to the existing EuroVelo routes or even add completely new ones. For example, two new routes joined the network in 2011: EuroVelo 13 – Iron Curtain Trail and EuroVelo 15 – Rhine Route, while EuroVelo 17 – Rhone Cycle Route joined in 2016, EuroVelo 19 – Meuse Cycle Route in 2019 and EuroVelo 14 - Waters of Central Europe in 2020.

Criteria

By the time that they are formally adopted, all EuroVelo routes should fulfill the following basic criteria:

  • Being based on existing or future national or regional routes of the involved countries.
  • At least two countries are involved.
  • Route length is of at least 1,000km.
  • Easy to communicate, with internationally recognisable identity and name (marketing potential).
  • Implementation plans are in place (project plan, business plan, partners).
  • Signing is in accordance with the respective national and/or regional regulations, continuous and in both directions.
  • EuroVelo route information panels are included on the signs, in accordance with the recommendations of the UNECE and the ECF signing manual.

Procedure

There is a formal process by which new routes, or major additions to existing routes, can be added to the network. This procedure is set out in the Central EuroVelo Route Coordination Rules:

Central EuroVelo Route Coordination Rules

This document is currently being updated, and a new version will be available by end December 2021 to prepare for the next application period.

The next application period's deadline for submitting applications is 31 December 2022. Please send all applications to: eurovelo@ecf.com