Support the development of the National Cycle Touring Network 2021

Support the development of the National Cycle Touring Network 2021

Bicycle travel is one of the fastest growing tourism and leisure activities in the country. Given the great changes we face nowadays, this is an environmentally friendly way of ...

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    136 backers

  • 28/07/2020

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Bicycle travel is one of the fastest growing tourism and leisure activities in the country. Given the great changes we face nowadays, this is an environmentally friendly way of traveling that promotes better physical and psychological well-being.

The aim of this campaign is to finance the identification of 500 new kilometers of roads with low traffic - as well as cycle paths, greenways and rails-to-trails when they exist - in order to contribute for a better territorial cohesion, encompassing more routes in the north of the country.

As can be seen in the General Map of the National Cycle Touring Network , the northern part of the country still has a small number of identified routes.

Thus, simultaneously contributing to the growth of the network - a totally private project that has been under development since 2011 - the intention is to identify more routes in the provinces of Minho, Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Beira Alta and Beira Litoral in order to achieve a better territorial distribution of tourists by bicycle, bringing them from the coastal and south areas (more saturated) and taking them to cycle through these regions strongly affected by human desertification.

This contributes so that these provinces can see their towns and cities visited by fans of long distance bicycle travels, a tourism activity increasingly practiced by Portuguese and foreigners in our country .

These 500 km should represent about 10 new sections for the network, with about 50 km each, and should be identified in the areas of Gerês and Galicia, Ponte da Barca, Chaves, Vila Real, Guarda, Aveiro and Tomar .

More information about the National Cyclie Touring Network here.

About the author

Born in 1973 in a small village in Beira Alta, Paulo Guerra dos Santos has lived in Lisbon since his first year of age.
Graduated in Civil Engineering at ISEL, Lisbon, he specialized in Toad Projects and Transports. Since 1995 he carries out projects, with a strong use of computer-aided design and engineering technologies, in the areas of Topography and Road Project.
There is also a second training area, Industrial Robotics, where he worked and provided training for much of the 1990 decade
and early 2000.
In the summer of 2010 he stopped his professional activity for 4 months and made an epic trip: 100 days of cycling in Portugal, an adventure recorded daily on the travel blog .

This knowledge, combined with the experience and passion for bicycle travels, has been used to identify the National Cycle Touring Network and take it to other travelers in the form of a roadbook with detailed maps and GPS tracks to be used as a travel guide. In 2020, the Road Book already has 123 sections and respective maps totaling 5283 km of identified routes.

The author solo develops this entire project.

His biggest ambition? Be the first man ever cycling on Mars. Or on the moon.

Budget and due dates

BUDGET

The funds intended - to identify these 500 new km - will used to support the costs of the various bicycle trips to be carried out in the areas to be identified as well as costs for stays, food, travel to the places (preferably by train, whenever this option exists), suppliant material such as inner tubes and tires, and all the office work to create the tourist guide in PDF with maps and technical information, as well as construction of GPS tracks for satellite navigation.

It is estimated that, on average, the cost of georeferencing routes and building the tourist guide is around €10 per kilometer. Hence the €5000 to identify 500 km. Maybe a few more actually (but that's a surprise!).

 

SCHEDULE

June and July 2020 (60 days) - Fundraising campaign;
August 2020 - Office work for research, definition and preparation of new routes to be identified;
September and October 2020 - Field work with successive bicycle trips in situ for validating routes and points of natural and heritage interest, capturing photos, recording GPS tracks, obtaining technical data such as altitudes and slopes, etc.;
November 2020 - Design of maps and final GPS tracks, for each of the new sections;
December 2020 - New sections are sent to all campaign supporters;

Note: for supporters whose donation is equal to or greater than €50, the Road Book 2021 will be offered in full, with the current sections already identified by the National Cycling Tourism Network plus the new ones to be identified with this campaign. Road Book 2021 is estimated to be available during the first quarter of next year.

  • Invest with
    5€ or more

    Maps and GPS tracks with the new 500 km

    Be the first to receive the maps and GPS trails of the new sections for the National Cycle Touring Network 2021 .. With this contribution you will have them free of charge as soon as they are ready, which is expected to happen during December 2020 .

    72 backers

  • Invest with
    25€ or more

    The previous + 50% discount voucher

    With this donation you receive the maps and GPS tracks of these new 500 km of routes to be identified and a 50% discount code to be used in the acquisition of the Road Book 2021, to be published at the beginning of next year with approximately 6 000 km of routes. The price of the Road Book 2021 should be around 60€.

    10 backers

  • Invest with
    50€ or more

    New 500 km + Road Book 2021 altogether

    Be the first to receive the entire Road Book 2021, which will also include the new sections to be identified with this campaign, even before it goes on sale. It is estimated that it will have about 240 pages with close to 6000 km of identified network and that it will be published in the first quarter of 2021. The price of the Road Book 2021 should be around 60 € for the general public.

    57 backers

  • Invest with
    250€ or more

    New 500 km + all Road Books until 2025

    By contributing with all this energy, you will receive all new publications of the Road Book of the National Cycling Tourism Network until 2025 !!!! The Road Book is updated every year, always with more kilometers of routes.

    2 backers

  • Invest with
    1000€ or more

    The previous + a lunch with the author of the project

    You believe that Portugal is one of the most beautiful countries in the world and you want to share this vision with all Mankind. With this contribution, in addition to receiving all new publications from the Road Book of the National Cycling Tourism Network until 2025, you will be invited to lunch with the author and other bicycle travelers. If you are in Portugal, of course.

    1 backer

  • Invest with
    2500€ or more

    The previous two + 3-day bike ride, with the author and friends

    You really like to travel by bicycle and would love to leave a small personal mark on this project. With this donation, in addition to receiving all the road books to be published until 2025 and a social lunch, you'll be invited to accompany the author in one of his field trips seraching for new routes, on a 2 or 3 days bike trip somwahere in the country.

    No backers yet. Be the first one!

Tue, 04/08/2020 - 18:55

Wed, 29/07/2020 - 15:49

Conseguimos !!! We did it !!!

Conseguimos !!! Todos nós conseguimos !!! (english bellow) Até ao final do ano a Rede Nacional de Cicloturismo irá crescer em mais quilómetros de rede, mais fotografias, mais...

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Wed, 29/07/2020 - 12:29

Payout completed

The raised funds have been transferred to the campaign owner

28/07/2020

Campaign ended

The campaign successfully raised the initial target

Tue, 21/07/2020 - 14:11

100% reached

WE DID IT! We met our initial target but the fundraising can continue

Fri, 17/07/2020 - 16:01

Mais de 80% angariado !!! More than 80% raised !!!

Caras e caros apoiantes, É com enorme prazer que informo que, com o vosso contributo, já ultrapassámos os 80% do financiamento necessário para a identificação de mais 500 km de...

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Tue, 16/06/2020 - 17:26

50% reached

We've just achieved half the target! The glass is now more full than empty ;)

Mon, 08/06/2020 - 16:27

Obrigado caros viajantes em

Obrigado caros viajantes em bicicleta! Alcançámos os 40% em apenas 1 semana. Ainda mal a campanha de angariação de fundos começou e já ultrapassou os 2000€ de donativos. ...

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Sat, 30/05/2020 - 21:48

First five backers

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Campaign launched

29/05/2020

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  • Paulo Guerra dos Santos

    Conseguimos !!! We did it !!!

    Conseguimos !!! Todos nós conseguimos !!! (english bellow)

    Até ao final do ano a Rede Nacional de Cicloturismo irá crescer em mais quilómetros de rede, mais fotografias, mais mapas e mais trilhos GPS.

    Por culpa de todos vós estou cheio de energia para em breve iniciar as primeiras pedaladas rumo ao Road Book 2021, que deverá roçar os 6000 km de rotas identificadas.

    E já estou a pensar no futuro próximo, em mais e melhores formas de colocar os portugueses a viajar de bicicleta por este país com tantos recantos por descobrir. E atrair também cada vez mais visitantes de outros pontos do globo.

    Ah! E em breve irão receber as vossas recompensas, mais do que merecidas.

    Boas pedaladas e até breve !!!
    Paulo Guerra dos Santos.

    P.S. Agradeço a todos vós, apoiantes deste projecto, tanto os anónimos como os que se deram a conhecer, sem esquecer ainda aqueles que fizeram donativos extra-campanha, incluindo a Fundação Vodafone. Vocês foram todos espectaculares.

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    We did it !!! We all made it !!!

    By the end of the year, the National Cycle Touring Network will grow in more kilometers of network, more photos, more maps and more GPS tracks.

    Because of all of you, I am full of energy to soon start the first rides towards the Road Book 2021, which should cover about 6000 km of identified routes.

    And I'm already thinking about the near future, more and better ways to get the Portuguese to travel by bicycle through this country with so many corners to discover. And to also attracts more and more visitors from all over the globe.

    Ah! And soon you will get your rewards, more than deserved.

    Good rides and see you soon !!!
    Paulo Guerra dos Santos.

    P.S. I thank all of you, supporters of this project, both the anonymous and those who made themselves known, including those who made extra-campaign donations, like the Vodafone Foundation. You were all amazing.

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  • Paulo Guerra dos Santos

    Mais de 80% angariado !!! More than 80% raised !!!

    Caras e caros apoiantes,
    É com enorme prazer que informo que, com o vosso contributo, já ultrapassámos os 80% do financiamento necessário para a identificação de mais 500 km de rotas para a Rede Nacional de Cicloturismo.
    Os meus maiores agradecimentos pelo privilégio de poder contar com o vosso apoio.

    Peço-vos agora mais uma ajuda: faltam 10 dias para o final da campanha, por isso partilhem o mais que puderem pelos vossos contactos o link da campanha: www.ppl.pt/ecovia.

    Juntos conseguiremos.
    Até breve,
    P. Guerra dos Santos

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    Dear supporters,
    It is with great pleasure that I inform you that, with your contribution, we have already exceeded 80% of the financing necessary for the identification of another 500 km of routes for the National Cycle Touring Network.

    My greatest thanks for the privilege of being able to count on your support.
    I ask you now for another help: 10 days left until the end of the campaign, so please share as much as you can, through your contacts, the campaign link: www.ppl.pt/en/ecovia.

    Together we will succeed.
    See you soon,
    P. Guerra dos Santos

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  • Paulo Guerra dos Santos

    Obrigado caros viajantes em

    Obrigado caros viajantes em bicicleta!
    Alcançámos os 40% em apenas 1 semana.

    Ainda mal a campanha de angariação de fundos começou e já ultrapassou os 2000€ de donativos.

    Ainda falta muito até ao final de Julho, mas cada dia conta para o sucesso desta campanha.
    Por isso, se possível, partilhem a campanha juntos dos vossos familiares e amigos.

    Votos de boas pedaladas.
    Até breve.

    Paulo guerra dos Santos

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