Across the Baltic Sea by Bike
An ongoing project, with the support of the Swedish Institute, will study the potential for a new bicycle tourism route from Stockholm to Estonia via Åland and Finland.
Bicyle touring is a sustainable, accessible and climate-smart form of tourism and every year interest in this activity grows. A consortium of partners from four countries have together received funding from the Swedish Institute to study, analyze and evaluate a new route connecting neighboring countries across the Baltic Sea, utilizing the extensive ferry network to foster regional rural tourism offers.
This project aims to develop a plan for a bicycling touring route across the Baltic Sea region and establish an expanded consortium that can collaborate to encourage sustainable tourism practices in rural communities. Project partners are cycle advocacy and tourism NGOs (Sweden and Finland), a regional tourism council (Poland) and a small business specialized in cycle touring (Estonia); representing the range of actors and expertise necessary for successfully planning a cycle route. In a series of project meetings the partners will together:
- Determine an optimal route that highlights rural communities in each region, while considering cycling-friendly infrastructure and services.
- Identify and engage with important stakeholders with an interest in a successful regional cycling route.
- Establish a working arrangement to strengthen bonds within the region and lay a foundation on which to further develop the Trans Baltic Sea Bicycle Route.
- Identify and seek further funding to ensure the project vision can be realized.
The project will run from October 2021 to May 2023 with periodic project meetings and workshops held along the potential route.
For more information contact your local project partner or:
Emilia Sternberg [email protected]