At Velo-City 2023 in Leipzig, in partnership with the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF) and the EuroVelo network, we officially presented the latest edition of the EuroVelo Barometer, which draws on data from 170 counting sites in 18 countries to analyze bike traffic trends on 10 major European cycle tourism routes between 2019 and 2022.
The results were presented live by Enrico Durbano, Eco-Counter’s General Manager at the “Cycling tourism, slower can get us further!” session.
Please find below the main conclusions of this session:
2023 EuroVelo Barometer results
Comparison of monthly bicycle traffic on the EuroVelo network between 2022 and 2019
A closer analysis of monthly bicycle traffic shows which months are the most favorable for cycling, and which explain the increase in bicycle traffic between 2022 and 2019. We note here that March, May, October and November record more traffic in 2022, showing a growing use of the EuroVelo network before and after the tourist season.
Weekday and weekend bicycle traffic on the routes
An analysis of weekday and weekend traffic reveals other trends: the increase is greater at weekends than on weekdays, but the trends remain similar. Comparing 2022 with 2021, the opposite is true: traffic increases more strongly on weekdays than at weekends. This undoubtedly means greater use of EuroVelo routes for commuting purposes, in combination with weekend tourism.
EuroVelo routes analysis
Looking at each route for this 3rd EuroVelo Barometer, we can see an increase in traffic on all the routes analyzed (between 2019 and 2022).
The 3 itineraries with the highest increases in bicycle traffic are :
1. EuroVelo 17 “Via Rhona”: +35%
2. EuroVelo 8 “Mediterranean cycle route”: +21%
3. EuroVelo 5 “Via Romea (Francigena)” : +16%
Some final thoughts
- Cycling on the EuroVelo cyclo-tourism network has increased significantly in 2022 compared to 2019, both on weekends and weekdays.
- We see an increase on all the routes observed, which differs from previous EuroVelo Barometer results.
- There has also been a slight increase compared with 2021, mainly due to weekday traffic.
This EuroVelo Barometer will be updated annually to present trends, and we look forward to observing the trends for the years to come, not least to understand how bicycle tourism will develop! Additional analyses are regularly available in the EuroVelo newsletter, to which you can subscribe on the ECF website.
About the Barometer :
- 10 routes analyzed
- 18 countries
- 170 counting sites
- In-depth data validation by our data specialists