Recreation + Tourism
Cycling is the 4th most popular recreational activity in Australia. It plays an important role in the growing preference by the public for unstructured forms of recreation. Increasing the provision of supportive infrastructure helps to ensure the recreational demands of the community are catered for. Developing bicycle paths and rail trails helps offer the community the conditions necessary to make this healthy, low cost and environmentally friendly recreation option a reality.
EuroVelo Web Portal (EU)
05th Mar 2013
In March 2013 the European Cyclists' Federation (ECF) launched a cycling touring web platform, which provides a wealth of information about the EuroVelo routes, a long distance cycle network crisscrossing Europe. The web portal, provides information on 14 EuroVelo routes, which when completed will stretch over 70,000 kilometres. It is the first website to bring together all sources of information relating to the European cycle route network and cycling tourism in all European countries.
The European Cycle Route Network Eurovelo: Challenges and Opportunities for Sustainable Tourism
25th Sep 2012
This 2012 update of a 2009 study evaluates the challenges and opportunities of developing a cycle tourism network across Europe. It focuses on EuroVelo, a network of 14 long distance routes managed by the European Cyclists’ Federation. The study reviews the market for cycle tourism and presents a model of demand for EuroVelo.
Managing Mountain Biking (International)
21st Sep 2012
Published in 2007 by the International Mountain Biking Association, this guide provides advice about overcoming user conflict, minimising environmental impact, managing risk, and providing technically challenging riding for all levels.
Trail Solutions: IMBA's Guide to Building Sweet Singletrack (International)
21st Sep 2012
Published in 2004 by the International Mountain Biking Association, this guide is a leading source of sustainable trail building information. Nearly 10,000 copies have been distributed to over 40 countries, and the guidelines have been adopted as official policy by hundreds of land agencies and recreation providers around the globe.
Mawson Trail (Australia)
11th Sep 2012
Close to 900 kilometres long, the Mawson Trail starts just north of Adelaide and travels to the outback town of Blinman in the Flinders Ranges. The trail includes little-used country roads, State forest and national park firetrails, farm access tracks and unmade or unused road reserves.
Best Practices for Bicycle Trail Pavement Construction and Maintenance in Illinois (USA)
29th Aug 2012
In June 2012 the Illinois Center for Transportation published a report to provide the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) with guidelines for the structural design of bicycle trail pavement and recommendations for bicycle trail pavement maintenance. A design procedure based on three construction traffic factors and three pavement load levels was developed for Portland cement concrete, hot-mix asphalt, and granular/surface treatment surfaces.
The Epidemiology of Mountain Bike Park Injuries at the Whistler Bike Park (Canada)
10th Aug 2012
This research report, published in the June 2012 edition of Wilderness & Environmental Medicine,describes the epidemiology of injuries sustained during the 2009 season at Whistler Mountain Bike Park. Although exposure information is unavailable, the researchers suggest the findings demonstrate serious risks associated with this sport and highlight the need for continued research into appropriate safety equipment and risk avoidance measures.
Cycle Trail Design Guide and Grading Guide (New Zealand)
15th Sep 2011
The New Zealand Cycle Trail Design Guide and Grading Guide were released in August 2011 by the Ministry of Economic Development. The Design Guide draws on a wealth of trail design and construction techniques from New Zealand and around the world. The Grading Guidelines are designed to apply consistent gradings to New Zealand Cycle Trails.
Nga Haerenga Cycle Trail (New Zealand)
22nd Aug 2011
The first of the New Zealand Cycle Trails were opened in August 2011. The trails were planned in February 2009 with the idea to build a network of cycle trails that would not only be a healthy and enjoyable way for Kiwis and international visitors to see the country but would also provide economic, social and environmental benefits for communities.
Victorian Cycle Tourism Action Plan 2011-2015 (Australia)
22nd Jul 2011
Victoria's Cycle Tourism Action Plan 2011-2015 was released in July 2011 by Tourism Victoria to position Victoria as the leading state for cycle tourism, and outline how the Government will leverage and enhance opportunities in cycle tourism.