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Vision Velo Alpina: a cycle path through the Alps

A long-distance cycle path across the Alpine arc: CIPRA is pursuing this vision with the Velo Alpina. (c) TS

The Alpe-Adria cycle path or the Eurovelo routes: in the Alps there already exist cross-border long-distance cycle paths, but there is not yet a route through all the Alpine countries. A project to test the feasibility of a Velo Alpina wants to change this.

Cycling is one of the best ways to discover cultures and countries: fast enough to get around, yet slow enough to get to know culture, cuisine and people along the way. Cycling also sharpens the eye for landscape, nature and biodiversity. Long-distance cycle paths are becoming more and more popular and, with e-bikes, even demanding mountain stages are fun. The vision of Velo Alpina is to connect existing long-distance cycle paths with each other, making it possible to experience the Alps in their entirety from east to west. In this way, a new long-distance cycle path could make local projects and initiatives for sustainable development visible. Long-distance cyclists could also experience the cultural heritage of the Alps along the way, for example by tasting culinary specialities from different regions. Besides hiking, cycling is the most ecological form of local tourist transport.

Survey on the Velo Alpina

To collect ideas, wishes and suggestions for the Velo Alpina, CIPRA is launching a survey in which all those interested in the idea can take part. It can be accessed via the following link: cipra.typeform.com/to/gsZkATBi 

The feasibility study project is made possible by the financial support of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU).