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European Certification Standard

The European Certification Standard (ECS) is a methodology developed by the ECF to assess cycling routes, EuroVelo or not, and evaluate their quality. It can be used to survey and assess the quality of national/regional routes, and to certify EuroVelo routes if the criteria are met. It can help set up national standards where they do not exist and harmonise the different regulations in the European states.

Introduction to the ECS

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The main goals of the European Certification Standard (ECS) are to:

  • Improve the quality of EuroVelo, the European cycle route network, and other routes by identifying critical deficiencies and motivating decision-makers to invest in solutions to the identified problems.
  • Provide quality control to motivate different target groups with varying levels of experience to use the certified trans-national routes.

For a quick introduction to basic principles and criteria of the ECS, see the Quality criteria for long-distance cycle routes, set out in the ECS manual, published within the EuroVelo manual series for a broader public.

A thorough explanation of the categories and criteria for monitoring the quality level of EuroVelo routes and assessing any long-distance cycle route according to the ECS methodology is available in the European Certification Standard Handbook for Route Inspectors, last updated in December 2021. This "long manual" is shared with trained EuroVelo Route Inspectors and relevant partners. Please get in touch with the EuroVelo Management Team via f.gregoire@ecf.com if you would like to request more information.

ECS in the route development process

The European Certification Standard can be used in different stages of the route development:

  • Planning of the route: Identify a viable corridor with a strong theme
  • Route survey: Identify strong and weak points of the route
  • Action plan: Plan and prioritise actions to ensure consistent quality
  • Certification: Verify the results of implemented actions
  • Certified route: Periodically check the quality of the product

In case several route variants are being surveyed in the process of identifying a viable corridor for a EuroVelo route, the ECF preference generally goes for the more direct routes, unless there are strong reasons to choose otherwise (e.g. too much elevation change, traffic or bad surface quality on the most direct corridor). More information is available in the Handbook for Route Inspectors.

The application for mobile devices

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EuroVelo Route Inspectors use an app specifically designed to evaluate long-distance cycle routes: the European Certification Standard app. With the ECS application, data can be collected offline in the field, using an Android phone with a functioning GPS system.

The ECS application for surveying the route has been newly updated from 2019 to 2021 in collaboration with Cartographia. It is a tool to improve the collection of data, which is uploaded from the field with the app and can then be analysed on the desktop.

EuroVelo Route Inspectors receive the link to download this app when taking the Route Inspectors Training.

EuroVelo Route Inspectors Trainings

Official EuroVelo Route Inspectors have participated in the mandatory ECS training. Please subscribe to the EuroVelo Newsletter to stay up to date with the location, precise date, costs etc. If you would like to receive more information on the trainings, please send an email to f.gregoire@ecf.com.

The EuroVelo Route Inspectors Training 2023 will be taking place in Belgium on 4-5 April 2023. Registrations are now open! Please fill in this form to register. More information on this training course and how to register is available on this page.

The following list contains the contact details of the official European Route Inspectors who agreed to be named on this website:

List of Official EuroVelo Route Inspectors

N.B.: Only those Official Route Inspectors who have requested to be displayed on www.pro.eurovelo.com are available here. If you want to update this information, to be added or removed, please contact f.gregoire@ecf.com.