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Project “Cycling” presented at the seminar on development of entrepreneurship in the field of cycling and ecotourism

1 October

On September, 26 representative of the lead partner of the project «Cycling» Yuri Pavlov attended a seminar «Successful Entrepreneurship in the Field of Bicycle and Ecotourism» organized in the framework of CBC project «BizCycle» and hosted by the Library of Alvar Aalto in Vyborg. In the welcoming speech, the Deputy Chairman of the Committee for Tourism of the Leningrad Region Rimma Sachunova greeted attendees and told about the main directions of development of tourism in the region, introduction of e-visas and main activities of the project «BizCycle». Yuri Pavlov shared with participants of the seminar updates on progress of implementation of the project «Cycling» and plans of the Directorate for Development of St. Petersburg and Leningrad Region Transport System for development of sections of Eurovelo routes 10 and 13 that go through territory of the Leningrad Region and then continued the presentation with the main results of the third stage of research work being completed in the framework of the project, such as a map of prospective bicycle routes in Vsevolozhsky, Priozersky and Vyborgsky districts of the Leningrad Region and a list of suggested activities for development of cycle route network and bicycle tourism. During the event, participants of the seminar discussed existing problems that interfere with development of cycling tourism, in particular, strict regulations for transportation of bicycles on Allegro international train that imply dismantling and packaging of bicycles. Michael Kramer, the founder of the route EuroVelo 13 and a member of the European Parliament from 2004 to 2019, emphasized that in many European countries transportation of bicycles on trains is as simple as possible and there are possibilities on carriages for securing them. Nowadays, even a number of airlines no longer require packing a bicycle when checking in. Next, presentation of a new mobile application for SMEs in the field of hospitality, cycling and ecotourism took place. Following it, participants discussed issues of development of entrepreneurship in the field of cycling tourism in the Leningrad region and Finland. Russian and European experts shared their practical experience and the Chairman of the bicycle community «VeloPiter» Ilya Gurevich suggested some specific options for development of businesses for tourists traveling by bike. To conclude, Michael Kramer shared his point of view and experience of cooperation with business community along the route Eurovelo 13.