List of current and archived news entries
EuroVelo routes with GPS track have grown to 83,158 km in total
At biroto we provide almost all EuroVelo routes with detailed GPS tracks on one website. The tracks have a minimum of 8 track-points per km.
The available Euro Velo routes network is shown on the map.
The total length of these routes is currently 83,158 km (without parts at sea).
The tracks are sometimes taken from the Euro Velo routes at OpenCycleMap, sometimes they are composed of tracks of national or local routes. Remaining gaps in the itineraries have been filled by recorded tracks of cyclists who have ridden the route, or through self-created tracks that are close to the descriptions of Euro Velo. .....
28 Dec 2019
Meuse-Cycle-Route is launched as EuroVelo 19
EuroVelo 19 is a long-distance cycle route of over 1,100 km, crossing three countries: France, Belgium and The Netherlands, while following the Meuse River from its source on the Langres plateau (northern France) to its mouth on the Dutch North Sea.
On biroto the cycle path is described on page EV19 »Meuse-Cycle-Route« with a length of 986 km. The missing kilometers compared to the official length of 1,100 km are due to the fact that we recorded the way on one side of the river only.
The official announcement can be found on the EuroVelo portal under »Meuse-Cycle-Route is launched as EuroVelo 19«. .....
01 Apr 2019
EuroVelo routes with GPS track have grown to 75,800 km in total
biroto is probably the only source that provides almost all Euro Velo routes with detailed GPS tracks in one website. The tracks have a minimum of 5 track-points per km.
The available Euro Velo routes network is shown on the map.
The total length of these tracks currently comprises 75,825 km (without parts on sea).
The tracks are sometimes taken from the Euro Velo routes on OpenCycleMap, sometimes they are composed of tracks of national or local routes. Remaining gaps in the itinerary have been filled by recorded tracks of cyclists who have ridden the route, or through self-created tracks that are close to the descriptions of Euro Velo. .....
06 Mar 2019
By train to France - how it still works
After for train passengers with not dismounted bikes the previous main feeder route from Germany to France via Strasbourg - Paris is no longer served by the SNCF in the TGVs, we have searched for alternatives and we have been successful:
Köln - Maubeuge - Paris
8 D-G .....
17 Mar 2018
Also in 2017, more than 800 km of cycle paths newly opened in France
The national cycling network in France has been extended by another 710 km in 2017. The main extensions are:EV3 22 km => to Cycle Route EuroVelo: Pilgrimʹs Route ...
EV17 93 km => to EuroVelo: Rhone-Cycle-Route ...
V45 40 km => to Cycle Route La Littorale Roscoff - Saint Nazaire ...
V63 68 km => to Cycle Route Chanaz to Pont-de-lʹIsère ... .....
09 Mar 2018
Bicycle transport ceased on the TGV from Strasbourg to Paris
The French railway SNCF has obviously ceased the transport of undisplaced bicycles on the main feeder route from Germany. In this year's timetable, there is no longer a TGV on the Strasbourg - Paris or Paris - Strasbourg connection, which allows for the transport of an undisplaced bicycle. Instead, from the end of May on some days of the week, there is an IC in the timetable, but it operates at unfavorable times. And TER trains to master the route is like an odyssey.
France expands the national cycle network with considerable financial resources and the French railway stops the service that has enabled cyclists to travel to and from with the TGV from Germany.
The link below allows you to participate in an online petition to the President of SNCF.
Go to page of Online-Petition ... .....
02 Mar 2018
News from EuroVelo: Atlantic Coastal Route in Ireland expanded
In the southeast of Ireland another 120 km bike path has been opened in the course of the EuroVelo 1 Atlantic Coast Route. We have adapted the track of the Atlantic Coast Route accordingly. .....
18 Aug 2017
News from EuroVelo: Two new EuroVelo candidates
Two new EuroVelo candidates have been formally launched. The EuroVelo 14 "Waters in Central Europe" will pass by the rivers Mur and Rába and Lake Balaton in Austria and Hungary and by the thermal baths in Loipersdorf, Hévíz and Eger. The route will run from Zell am See to Debrecen and will be 1,054 km long.
As EuroVelo 19 the "Maas Cycle-Route" has been added. The course is already recorded on biroto. The tour can already be used. .....
04 Aug 2017
New feature: Search for POIs in the vicinity
A new page on our web-site www.biroto.eu enables you to display the POIs within a radius of approx. 10 km around your current location.
This may be helpful if you are looking for a cyclist-friendly accommodation near the end of the touring day, or for sights, tourist information offices, ferries, train stations, bus stops or border crossing points.
In addition, a link to Booking.com is provided, which also displays accommodations that are not listed on biroto. But Booking.com does not provide information on cycling friendliness.
Your current location is taken from the geo localization provided by the browser on your smartphone, tablet or PC. The prerequisite for this is that this function is released by you on your device. It may be necessary, that this release has to be extended for the domain biroto.eu. .....
17 Mar 2017
biroto.eu now much faster and secured
Since March 2, we are providing biroto.eu on a more efficient infrastructure. This has resulted in a significantly improved time to provide the pages. As a result of the measurements, the time could be reduced on average to 1/5 of the previous times.
Since March 8, all pages are provided via the more secure HTTPS protocol. This encrypts the content before it is transferred to the Internet. You can detect a secure page on the lock in the address bar of the browser.
For two cases, however, we had to accept exceptions. If you select "Thunderforest OpenCycleMap" or "Thunderforest Transport", the map tiles are not provided by the vendors via HTTPS. In this constellation the map tiles are not transferred in an encrypted manner, but the remaining content, which is provided by biroto, is still encrypted. Thus the lock in the address bar of the browser has a warning or it is no longer displayed (depending on the browser used).
Images of security locks taken from Firefox .....
09 Mar 2017
New feature: 4,000 cyclist-friendly accommodations bookable with Booking.com
Unfortunately, Booking.com does not offer information about the cyclist-friendliness of the accommodation and consequently no search functions. This deficiency is offset by biroto.eu.
On biroto.eu, we list cyclist-friendly accommodations along the cycle routes and tours. These accommodation establishments meet criteria such as:
accommodation for one night only
lockable room for overnight bicycle parking .....
09 Dec 2016
New feature: Stage-Target-Locations with site plans with positions of POIs
In planned stage-target-locations a list of cyclists-friendly lodging, attractions and useful information from a radius of five kilometers is supplemented by program. For better orientation, these are positioned in a town / village map and referenced with a consecutive number. Compared to the previous solution POIs are now identifiable on the map.
For example ... .....
25 Nov 2016
New feature: Site plans with positions of POIs
For better orientation in cities and towns with many points of interest we have made available a new feature which displays maps in the tour books and as well in the detail pages about sights.
These show the location of POIs for the categories see, do, eat, drink, sleep and useful information. With consecutive numbers, the reference occurs in the text.
Places, which are already prepared for site plans are marked on the route/tour pages with a POI-map-icon.
Nearly 200 places are already prepared accordingly. .....
01 Oct 2016
News from EuroVelo: EuroVelo 1 in Portugal extended by 900 km
The EuroVelo 1 "Atlantic Coast Route" cycle route has been extended by 924 km in Portugal and now covers the entire coastline of Portugal from Vila Real de Santo António in the southeast to Caminha in the northwest and also through Lisbon and Porto.
We have added the track of the new section to the existing EuroVelo 1 Atlantikküstenroute. The route is said be signposted over the entire length as EV1. .....
02 Aug 2016
Dresden - Wroclaw / Krakow by train
Train rides with bicycle transport to and from Wroclaw are possible with the TRILEX. This results in attractive arrival / return travel options to / from Silesia or Lesser Poland.
Although in the timetable of the Deutsche Bahn as well as the Polish Railways no information about bicycle transport is expelled, in the TRILEX up to seven bicycles can be transported. Wheelchairs and strollers, however, have priority.
Three times a day there is a direct connection from Wroclaw to Dresden and vice versa, travel time just under four hours. Thus, this connection is much faster than the alternatives via Poznan or Warsaw.
Tickets for the TRILEX can be bought directly from the conductor on the train. In Poland, however, it is only possible to pay on the train in cash and with zloty. The ride Wroclaw - Görlitz costs per person including bike about 25 zloty, Wroclaw - Dresden about 110 zloty. .....
02 Aug 2016
News from EuroVelo: New EuroVelo cycle route EV17 Rhone-Cycle-Route
EuroVelo has added the Rhone cycle path from Andermatt to the Mediterranean to the EuroVelo network. On biroto the track and the tour book are already available as EuroVelo: Rhone-Cycle-Route. The new EuroVelo cycle route combines the existing bike routes "Rhone-Radweg" of the Swiss cycle route network and the "ViaRhôna" of the national French cycle route network. .....
13 Mar 2016
biroto is mobile-friendly now
We have completely revised the presentation of our pages and upgraded to layouts that are designed for mobile devices.
Thus biroto.eu is now easily to read and to handle also on devices with "small" screen sizes such as smartphones and tablets.
Now it is much simpler to use biroto.eu during the bike tour with your smartphone and finding cycling tours for the next season can be done offside the desk with your tablet.
The use on a mobile device continues to be carried out as a web page on a browser. Installing an app is not necessary. .....
22 Jan 2016
Application hint: How do I do the stage planning for my tour?
If you think in advance of your tour, in which daily stages you want to divide the tour, then biroto.eu can help you.The »Stage planning - add target locations« feature allows you to set the destination of the daily stages, add a detailed map of the destination to the tour book, and create a table with distance and altitude information for each stage.
How does it work? Look here and following pages .....
30 May 2015
Cycling routes in France
In recent weeks we have been working mainly on the preparation of cycle routes in France.
GPS tracks of these routes we have already had available on our site. Where necessary, we have updated the tracks.
We have put much effort to supplement the routes by about 1,700 points of interest: sights, infrastructure and cyclists friendly accommodations.
About 2/3 of the accommodations are Chambres d'hôtes (bed&breakfast), which are widely spread in France and are characterized usually by a good price / performance ratio. .....
29 May 2015
Austria Railjet trains with bicycle compartments
Austrian rail operator ÖBB have announced that by the end of 2016 most Railjet trains will be equipped with bicycle compartments.
More info (in German) here:
Austrian Railways .....
24 Mar 2015
Video Cycle Route »Canal des 2 mers«
The video will whet the appetite for the bike path »Canal des 2 mers« in southwestern France. The route descriptions can be found on biroto.eu
Radweg Canal de Garonne
Radweg Canal du Midi .....
16 Mar 2015
Customer survey of Swiss Railways
More night train services are under threat after Swiss rail operator SBB says that no one wants them any more. Many cycle tourists would beg to differ!You can let SBB know how important they are via their customer survey (in German):
Customer Survey ... .....
03 Mar 2015
EuroVelo cycle route EV 8 Mediterranean route over 4,313 km
The EuroVelo cycle route EV 8 Mediterranean Route is a frequently requested route. However, in large parts not (finally) realized, in some countries not even in the approach as a bike path to recognize. From the available gps tracks, supplemented by self-made sections according to descriptions in the concept document of the EV8, the biroto editorial team has put together a 4,313 km long route from Athens to Castell-Platja d'Aro in Catalonia. The route appears to be ridable according to the aerial maps scanned during the creation.With 88 biker-friendly accommodations, 54 tourist information, 61 sights and 13 infrastructure POIs, the tour book is a decent feature and, as far as we can tell from our research, is the only available bike tour guide for the EV8 at all.However, the cyclist-friendly accommodations are very unevenly distributed over the route. Unfortunately, from Athens to the Slovenian-Italian border, there are only six at 2,200 km, where we found the criteria for cyclist friendliness.
to EuroVelo Cycle Route Mediterranean Route .....
26 Feb 2015
New long distance cycle route in the south of Sweden
The long-distance cycle path Sydostleden will run 264 km from the south coast at Simrishamn to Växjö and will have connections to the bike path Eurovelo 10 respectively some parts of both will run on the same track. The new route is scheduled to open in 2015.On biroto the GPS track is already available: Cycle-Route Om Sydostleden . .....
22 Feb 2015
Cycling routes in northern Italy
The cycle network in northern Italy recorded on biroto.eu has been considerably extended in recent weeks. 5,466 km from the national and regional network are now available with track, lodging, attractions, tourist information and other resources.
The Italian parts of the cross-border cycling routes come up with another 4,893 km: Alpe Adria Cycle Route, Huguenot and Waldensian trail, EuroVelo 5: Via Romea Francigena, EuroVelo 7: Sun Route and EuroVelo 8: Mediterranean Route, Via Claudia Augusta - to Ostiglia and Via Claudia Augusta - to Venice.
to the list of cycling routes in Italy ... .....
13 Feb 2015
New long distance cycle route: Normandy - Atlantic
The cycle track Vélo Francette will run 600 km from the coast of Normandy near Caen to the Atlantic at La Rochelle and will have connections to the cycling routes Eurovelo 4 (near Cean), Eurovelo 6 (in Angers and Saumur) and Eurovelo 1 (near La Rochelle). The new route is scheduled to open in June 2015. On biroto the GPS track and first part of the tour guide are available right now.
France Vélo Tourisme characterises the route like this:
Start with your touring bike on the southern coast of the English Channel and ride to the Atlantic - through Normandy, the Mayenne valley, the Loire Valley and the valley of the Thouet and the Marais Poitevin up to the towers of the port of La Rochelle. An unforgettable bicycle route through the green valleys and passing the heritage that invites you along the route to be discovered. It is another way to discover France - in the fresh air cycling on small streets, on towpaths along the canals and through meadows, forests and fields. A distance of nearly 600 km - a combination of nature, culture, relaxation and enchanting landscapes - on long stretches already signposted as Voie Vertes.
to the route ... .....
30 Jan 2015
Application hint: Adaptation of the maps on biroto
The maps used on the web site can be adapted by the user in terms of zoom level, window size, map type and map overlays.
How does it work? Look here. .....
23 Jan 2015
Around Germany - Bicycle-Tour Idea by user pedelec
Once cycling along the borders around Germany, that was the idea of user pedalec. Of course, this is not only one bike route.
We have therefore combined several routes: the Oder-Neisse Cycle Route, the German sections of the Baltic Sea and North Sea Cycle Route, Emsradweg, Pilgrims Route, Rhine Cycle Route, Lake Constance-Königsee Cycle Route, Green Belt Germany and several gaps on other cycle paths.
The result is 5,722 km, all on existing bike paths.
With about 550 cyclist-friendly accommodations and almost 200 attractions, the bike tour book is already solidly filled. For technical reasons, we have put the tour in two sections on the web-site:the northern part Cycle Tour All around Germany - Part Dresden - Aachen (3.386 km) .....
09 Jan 2015
Application hint: The biker profile of a user
You can expose selected personal information, a picture and your planned and driven tours on your biker profile. Example
How does it work? Look here and the following pages. .....
19 Dec 2014
biroto on Facebook
Our Facebook page has gone online today.
We intend to post information such as when we provide new or completed bike trails or new features on biroto.eu as well as interesting facts from the Web related to cycling trips and GPS. And we hope that you take advantage of this medium to post your views about our Website and to your requests and questions to us and other cyclists.
20 Nov 2014
EuroVelo 13 available from Norway to the Black Sea
The EuroVelo Route 13 »Iron Curtain Trail«, as well known as »European Green Belt« has been compiled as a gps track on full length from Norway to the Black Sea. Cyclist-friendly accommodation, sights and other cyclist related resources are already recorded considerably.
forward to route description part Norway to Germany ...
forward to route description part Czechia to the Black Sea... .....
13 Nov 2014
New long distance cycle route: Amsterdam-Berlin
Two attractive European metropolises full of contrasts as start and finish.
En route a steady change from a rural idyll, small-town tranquility and big city flair.
Diversity of landscapes. A wide variety of attractions. Two climates. Two countries, two languages, a dozen dialects - but it makes the most: Enjoyable travel on two wheels. Hartelijk welkom - Willkommen!
It exists not yet official, but it has to: An international long distance cycle route between the Dutch and the German capital, over 850 kilometers to cycle. .....
15 Oct 2014
biroto.eu has been introduced on experiencefrancebybike.com
Our web-site has been intorduced on the Internet site experiencefrancebybike.com as a great planning tool for cycling in Europe. .....
22 Sep 2014
biroto.eu has been introduced on www.pocketnavigation.de
Our web-site has been intorduced on the Internet site www.pocketnavigation.de (but in German only). .....
09 Aug 2014
Panorama cycle track through the Land of Berg, the south of the Ruhr region and the Sauerland region recorded on biroto
The network of panoramic cycle tracks has now reached 300 kilometres and is still growing. The network links the old railway tracks through the Bergisch Land, the south of the Ruhr region and the Sauerland region giving cyclists access to the popular riverside trails along the Rhine, Ruhr and Sieg. Around 175 kilometres of track lead along the almost completely flat railway routes and there are only a few strenuous challenges to be met on the sections which link them. The great majority of the network is now open for cyclists.
The system of signposts along the Bergisch urban triangle will probably be completed by the end of 2013. The whole panoramic cycle trail system will be totally signed by the end of 2014.
The routes of the Panorama Cycle Path network are all recorded on biroto:
Bergisch Panorama Cycle Route .....
22 Nov 2013
Cooperation with Bed&Bike Czechia
On 24 January 2013 Nadace Partnerství and biroto have signed a cooperation agreement.
This enables biroto to provide information about all accommodation facilities in Czechia, which are certified according the "Cyklisté vítáni"-standard.
"Cyklisté vítáni" means "Cyclists Welcome".
"Cyclists Welcome" is a nationwide certification system in Czechia which tests, from the perspective of cyclists, facilities for catering and accommodation, campsites and tourist destinations. Facilities that have been successfully subjected to the certification, are marked with the logo "Cyclists Welcome". The certification comprises standards comparable to systems in other European countries (such as "Bett & Bike" in Germany or "RADfreundliche Betriebe" in Austria). .....
25 Jan 2013
5.050 km cycle routes in Czechia recorded on biroto
In a focused activity 44 cycle routes of the national cycle network of the Czech Republic and some other routes in Czechia have been recorded on biroto.eu. The routes of the Czech Republic covered on the portal thus have a total length of about 5050 km. In addition there are the international routes leading across Czechia:
Central Europe Route (EuroVelo 4)
Sun Route (EuroVelo 7)
Paneuropa Cycle Route Paris - Prague und der .....
18 Dec 2012