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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 and EuroVelo 19 – Meuse Cycle Route in 2019.

Criteria

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

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

Procedure

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

Central EuroVelo Route Coordination Rules

This document will be updated in winter 2020/21 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