This study, published in 2009, evaluates the challenges and opportunities of developing a cycle tourism network across Europe. It focuses on EuroVelo, a network of 12 long-distance routes managed by the European Cyclists’ Federation, which is being developed in different countries by a wide range of partners. The study reviews the market for cycle tourism in Europe and presents a EuroVelo demand model. It reviews the carriage of cycles on trains. Finally, it evaluates the potential of the Iron Curtain Trail.
In 2012 the European Parliament commissioned a second study into the benefits of cycling tourism.
When originally published, the study caught the interest of the cycling community and the wider world, as it estimated that there were 2,795 billion cycle tourism trips in Europe with a value in excess of €54 billion per annum. It went on to estimate that, if completed, the EuroVelo network itself could account for 45.2 million cycle tourism trips, generating a total of almost €5 billion of direct revenue.
According to Prof. Richard Weston, (one of the authors of both the original study and the 2012 update), the new study will “reflect on changes to the EuroVelo network, especially the Iron Curtain Trail (EV13), and the wider impacts of the Lisbon Treaty”.
The European Cyclists Federation website has an update on the 2012 project.