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Mobility management in tourism, leisure and recreation
The start of the summer feels like a buzz as it has such a great influence on the mobility in urban areas.
Many persons leave for vacation, many of those by plane, generating business but also posing accessibility
problems for airports - see for example in London Gatwick. Some places that are
not much visited in winter have their peak traffic in summer, see for example the article on the Veluwe
in the Netherlands. Cycling is more popular in summer than in winter - and very often recreational
cycling is a good start to generally improve the cycling situation in cities. Paris is going for it
with the largest cycle-rental project
ever started, as well as London with a strong pro cycling policy (see article below).
If you google "mobility management and tourism" - you get 40.000 hits and have a hard time finding something useful. So we provide you with some useful links from the EPOMM-website:
We hope that these examples might inspire you to start new mobility management measures in your
country to tackle recreational and leisure transport. We invite your country to join EPOMM so to jointly seek sustainable solutions.
- All case studies found under the term tourism
- Presentations around tourism and recreation from past ECOMMS:
- A more customer-friendly way of operating railway stations in rural areas that helps to attract new passengers (download)
- "MobiHarz": Integrated mobility management and services for visitors (download)
- Swiss applications of promoting sustainable recreational traffic (download)
- Sustainable Tourism: Travel Groups and Intervention Strategies (download)
- A strategy from the UK National Trust to encourage car free leisure (download)
Restrictive measures work in the Veluwe
Just as the average European citizen, also Dutch people have less spare time due to higher job participation
of women, while on the other hand they have more money to spend on high quality leisure time. Walking and
cycling in nature has become an increasingly important leisure activity. The national park 'Veluwe woods'
in the Netherlands is an ideal location to relax and enjoy the environment. Within the European INTERREG
project 'Boundless Park, Naturally!' the gateways of several main entries of the Veluwe woods have been
part of the investigation for more sustainable entrances.
The demonstration and investments in the Veluwe woods show that tourist flows visiting the national parks
by car and preserving the woodland can be easily reconciled.
At several main entries of the Veluwe woods special parking facilities have been built. They are situated
at places where visitors cannot harm the most vulnerable natural elements. Around the parking lots some
attractions have been developed, like visitor centres, watch towers and dedicated routes for children
and disabled, which turns them into attractive places for mass tourism. Near the town of Rheden there
was no political support make the tourist route to the Posbank natural site car free. Instead it was
decided to restructure an intersection guiding tourists to a new parking which now is the new entry to
the site. This resulted in a substantial reduction of traffic. Even without restrictive measures, it
was possible to conduct visitors to sites without negative impacts for the woodland. More in depth
information can be read in the factsheet of
Rheden Veluwe Visitor Centre.
For more information we refer to the BPN website where you can find all contact details.
Bike tours throughout Spain
Based in Madrid, the company 'Bike Spain' provides bicycle lovers with the opportunity
to explore Spain by bike, offering guided and tailor made tours around the Spanish geography. Bike Spain's
offers range from one week tours combining rural and urban cycling (including accommodation, restaurants,
luggage transfers, detailed documentation and assistance at any time), to one day city tours. For those not
owning a bike, Bike Spain also offers the opportunity to rent a bike from their own fleet. Finally, Bike
Spain helps bikers organising their holidays by providing guidance on hotels around Spain focused on cyclists.
Within the IEE ASTUTE project, the city of Granada is developing a set of mobility management measures to
promote cycling and walking for the important tourist sector. The results of the implementation of measures
will be available on the ASTUTE website and spread via EPOMM.
Travelling from door to door (France)
The organisation FUBicy is the French users association for cyclists. On their website a lot of information
can be found on cycling in France. Although the website is in French, tourists are welcomed in English to
convince them of travelling by bike and train through France.
Door to door travelling and intermodality is still underdeveloped in France, however the information
provided on FUBicy helps tourists from France and other countries to find the best solution. Timetable
information and booking services are available on the website or via telephone operators.
FUBicy helps you in organising your trip by documenting timetables and providing information on bicycle
stations. As it is mentioned on their pages, travelling by bike and train provides not only flexibility
but the freedom of cycling from door to door and enjoying the comfort of trains for the long distances.
More people cycling more often!
This year's Bike Week (16-24 June) in the UK was the biggest since the Millennium Festival of
Cycling! 1,247 local organisers registered at the website to promote 1,750 events, including 297
for Bike2Work. The number of cyclists has increased with 83% over the last year in London. Also
this summer with the start of the Tour de France in London
a lot of tourists visited the capital
city. Despite the extremely bad weather of the last month cycling is being promoted in all London
boroughs. Special cycling maps have been developed and are freely accessible on the internet or
in tourist information centres. To promote cycling this summer as a recreational activity free
cycling training for residents are organised in several boroughs.
London clearly has drawn the card of cycling and is promoting it as a recreational and healthy
alternative. More information on cycling the UK capital can be found on the website of Transport for London.
NEWS from related projects
ELTIS offers Case Studies in Polish, Hungarian and Chinese language
Our sister site ELTIS focuses also on new member countries and beyond and therefore offers
case studies in these languages. Search Europe's number one portal
During summer/autum 2007 case studies
will also be translated into Czech, Bulgarian, Serbo-Croatic and Turkish.
MAX updated state of the art downloads
In our last newsletter the link to the MAX research project provided slightly outdated State of the Art reports.
Here is the download link with the now corrected versions.
"London is a fantastic city to cycle around - it's pretty flat, usually dry and there are lots of
signed cycle routes on quiet roads that make cycling in the Capital a real joy"
Bradley Wiggins - British Olympic medal winner and Tour de France competitor - Tour de France depart