To make the national territory an increasingly friendly destination for bicycle travelers, identifying new routes for the National Cycle Touring Network, in the interior of Portugal.
The aim of this campaign is to finance the identification of 400 new kilometers of roads with low traffic - as well as bicycle lanes and greenways where they exist - in one of the most desertified areas of the country: the northeast quadrant.
As can be seen in the General Map of the National Cycle Touring Network (https://docs.wixstatic.com/ugd/67aca5_c394f13227834284b4f2cda8f8e57d33.pdf) the northeast quadrant of the country still has a small number of identified routes.
In this way, simultaneously contributing to the growth of the National Cycle Touring Network - a totally private and developing project since 2011 - it is intended to identify more routes in the Minho, Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Beira Alta and Beira Baixa provinces, in view of a greater and better territorial distribution of tourists by bicycle, bringing them from the (more saturated) Atlantic Coast and taking them to pedal along these regions strongly affected by the human desertification.
More information on the National Cycling Network at http://www.ecovias.pt
Secção 1.27 da Ecovia 1 - De Aljezur a Vila do Bispo
About the author
Born in 1973 in a small village at Beira Alta province, Paulo Guerra dos Santos lives in Lisbon since his first year of age.
Graduated in Civil Engineering from ISEL, specializing in Roads and Transportation Projects.
Since 1995 carries out projects, with strong use of computer-aided design and engineering technologies, in the areas of Surveying and Roads.
He also has a second training area, Industrial Robotics, where he worked and provided training for much of the 90's decade and early 2000.
Loves to explore Portugal on a bicycle.
Develops on a solo basis the entire project of the National Cycle Touring Network.
Is greatest ambition? Be able one day to pedal on Mars. Well, or just on the Moon.
Apresentação da Ecovia 2
Budget and due dates
The intended funds - to identify these 400 new km - will serve to bear the costs of the various cycling trips to be carried out in the zones to be identified, as well as costs for stays, food, travel to the places (preferably by train, whenever this option exists), wear material such as tubes and tires, creation of PDF document with maps and technical information as well as construction of GPS tracks for satellite navigation.
June and July 2019 - Fundraising campaign;
August 2019 - Cabinet work to research, define and prepare the new routes to be identified;
September and October 2019 - Field work with successive cycling trips along the routes to be identified for validation of routes and points of natural and patrimonial interest, photo capture, recording GPS tracks, obtaining technical data such as altitudes and inclinations, etc .;
November 2019 - Construction of maps and final design of GPS tracks for each new section;
December 2019 - Submission of new sections to all campaign supporters;
Note: For supporters whose donation is equal to or more than €50, the Road Book 2020 will be offered in full, with the already identified sections of the National Cyclotourism Network as well as the new ones to be identified with this campaign. Road Book 2020 is estimated to be published in the first quarter of 2020 with more than 5000 km of routes.