EuroVelo, the European cycle route network, was initiated in 1995 by the European Cyclists’ Federation (ECF), the umbrella organisation of European cycling associations. Currently 15 long distance routes connecting all corners of Europe are being developed. The ECF’s EuroVelo Management Team is responsible for the coordination of the network on a European level. When fully realised, this long distance route network will span over 70,000 kilometres.
The EuroVelo routes are developed on a national level by a network of National EuroVelo Coordination Centres and Coordinators. Route signs conforming to the EuroVelo standards began to be installed in Lower Austria from 2005 and now all the European routes in Austria are signed with “EuroVelo” signs (except in Upper Austria). The EuroVelo routes are also communicated in most official national cycling maps and guides. With the exception of the new “EuroVelo 13 - Iron Curtain Trail”, all the EuroVelo routes in Austria follow existing well-developed national cycle routes.
The term “EuroVelo” does not of course replace the existing names of the cycle routes in Austria, rather it should indicate that the routes form part of the trans-European cycle route network.
Within Austria, the responsibility for the infrastructure of the EuroVelo cycle routes lies with the relevant public authorities (typically the local authorities), as is the case in most European countries. Visitor information and marketing is undertaken via the relevant Tourism Organisations.
“EuroVelo” is a protected trademark of the European Cyclist’s Federation (ECF). For this reason it is forbidden to use the term “EuroVelo” and the company logo “EuroVelo” without previous authorisation from the ECF’s EuroVelo Management Team.