A European Parliament study (Directorate General for Internal Policies – The European Cycle Network EuroVelo) has indicated that on a yearly basis there are 2,3 billion cycle tourism trips in Europe, of which 20,4 million include overnight stays and creating a total turnover of € 44 billion. In order to make use of this potential a partnership of 12 Dutch, Belgian and German organisations has developed the cross border project Cycling Connects in which they enforce the attractivity of cross border cycle tourism.
This will be realized through the connection of several cycle routes and nodes in the Euregion Maas-Rhine in an area which can roughly be covered by Lijn 50 (Maastricht-Aachen), the Vennbahn, the Ligne 38/Eurovelo5 and the Maas Cycle route (Eurovelo19).
These partners also work on a joint strategy and instruments which contribute to the increase of the cycle experience in the area. Elements such as convenience, good facilities, concrete (online) information and the development of new cycle-related products and services play an important role. The development will be taken up in collaboration with touristic organisations and entrepreneurs.
The finalisation of Cycling Connects is foreseen in 2021.
This project is co-funded by the European Union through the Interreg VB-programme Euregion Maas-Rhine.
With Cycling Connects, cyclists discover a special cross-border cycling network with beautiful places to relax, eat, drink, shop, spend the night and more.