Cycle and Walking route of the year

Apply your new bicycle route

The aim of the Bicycle Route of the Year competition is to stimulate regional governments and tourist services to put good quality cycle routes in place. You can apply new or recently radically renewed routes for this. Routes in your own country or routes abroad are eligible. An independent jury will evaluate these and announce the winner during the Fair in Utrecht.

Sending in

Please complete the form before September 15th. Or send an e-mail to . The route you nominate could well be the winner.

Bicycle Route Of The Year

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Judging criteria bicycle route

Criteria bicycle route

  • New route or recently radically renewed route that was realized between September this year and September last year
  • Multi day route

Judgement based on

  • Scenic beauty and variation
  • Separate cycle paths, or very quiet country roads
  • No traffic or industrial noise
  • As few crossings of roads with motorised traffic as possible, and safe crossings where present
  • Quality of the road surface
  • Signage should be present, but not disturbing in the landscape
  • Facilities like benches and picnic tables at right spots
  • Sufficient provision of food and drink outlets
  • Bike repair facilities and overnight accommodation and information about these
  • Information about special flora and fauna 
  • Clear website, guide book or map
  • Suitable for children and older cyclists
  • No conflicting situations between users
  • A minimum of bothersome barriers like gates, thresholds and stiles
  • Access to public transport with a bicycle at the start, end and various points between
  • Originality of the theme
  • Creativity in removing barriers
  • Added value of the route (for example adding the missing link between routes)
  • Other points that make the route really special