The National Coordination Center for EuroVelo is established in Greece aiming to promote cycling tourism, after the unanimous approval of the Greek request by the European Cyclists Federation, during a conference held in Barcelona.
The purpose of the National Coordination Center is to study and coordinate the necessary work for the development of the European network of cycling routes. In Greece, the development of cycling routes can make a decisive contribution to the economy of small villages and towns that are interconnected through the provincial road network.
The National Coordination Center (National EuroVelo Coordination Center Greece) will operate on the basis of a memorandum of cooperation signed between four bodies: The Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, represented by the Deputy Minister of Transport, Michalis Papadopoulos, the Ministry of Tourism, represented by the Deputy Minister, Sophia Zacharaki, the Central Union of Greek Municipalities, with a representative of its president and Mayor of Trikala, Dimitris Papastergiou and the organization “Cities for Bicycles” with a representative of the director of development of the organization, Spyros Papageorgiou.
EuroVelo is a network that connects European countries and includes 17 cycling routes with a length that exceeds 51,000 kilometers of certified routes and crosses 42 countries, while when completed, it is expected to exceed 70,000 km. Each year, the network is estimated to be used by around 5.3 million visitors, who take cycling holidays in Europe, often combining their travel with other means of transport.