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The Rhine Cycle Route EuroVelo 15 in 2017

2017 will be influenced by the 200th anniversary of the bicycle. When Karl von Drais made the first ride on his invention called “Laufmaschine” (literally “running machine”) on June 12, 1817 through Mannheim, a town along the Rhine Cycle Route EuroVelo 15, he laid the ground stone for a new era of mobility. In the meantime, the “Laufmaschine” has developed into a modern bicycle and has become a vital everyday mode of transportation for many people around the world. To celebrate this anniversary, many events will take place along the Rhine Cycle Route in 2017, especially in Baden-Wuerttemberg, the birth place of the bicycle.

Events around the 200th anniversary
The city of Mannheim’s motto for 2017 is “Monnem Bike – where it all began”. Different events and activities will focus on the history and on the importance of bicycles nowadays. One of the highlights will be a two-day festival in the city centre of Mannheim on June 10th and 11th. Fascinating artistic and cultural activities around the bicycle, like the folding bicycle festival “World-Klapp”, a historic race of rail trolleys and the world cup of recumbent bicycles will entertain visitors from all around the world. A bicycle parade will turn the city into a colourful sight.

 

The TECHNOSEUM in Mannheim presents the exhibition “2 Räder – 200 Jahre” (=”2 wheels – 200 years”) in honour of Karl von Drais and his invention until June 25, 2017. The exhibition shows the technical development and the enormous influence on today’s society with many historical exhibits. Visitors also have the opportunity to make use of interactive stations, get helpful practical advice on how to take care of one’s bicycle at home and try out certain (historical) bicycles.

From May 25 to May 28, 2017 collectors of bicycles from all around the world meet up in Karlsruhe. The participants will present their collectibles during a costume parade, a “rolling museum” and different races.

A moving exhibition including a modern “future lab” will be touring through Baden-Wuerttemberg from May to August 2017 on electronic cargo bicycles. Main topic of this exhibition is the past, present and the future of bicycles which will be presented in an interactive way.

The Preußen-Museum in Wesel along the Niederrhein will present a special exhibition about the bicycle anniversary from June 11 to September 17. Milestones of the development of the bicycle in the last 200 years show the technical development and the many possible applications of the bicycle.

 

Bicycle-friendly accommodations
The Rhine Cycle Route EuroVelo 15 runs through four countries – Switzerland, Germany, France and the Netherlands. In order to provide a high quality for all cyclists, different initiatives certify special bicycle-friendly accommodations. Even though these certificates vary from one country to another, the main criteria an enterprise has to meet for being qualified to be certified are largely similar: bicycle-friendly accommodations have to be willing to accept guests for just one night, proper parking possibilities for bicycles have to be available and the hosts have to be capable of giving touristic advice on what to see and do in the area.

Bicycle-friendly accommodations in the Netherlands can be identified by the „Fietsers Welkom!“ sign. German accommodations are awarded a “Bett+Bike” certificate. The initiative “Accueil Vélo” was developed for the French market and is now being introduced throughout the country. Bicycle-friendly accommodations in Switzerland are “SwitzerlandMobility accommodation partners”.

 

The Demarrage Project LTMA comprises the following partners: Stichting Landelijk Fietsplatform, Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Mittelstand und Energie des Landes Nordrhein-Westfalen, Hessisches Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Verkehr und Landesentwicklung, Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Verkehr, Landwirtschaft und Weinbau des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz, Wirtschaftsministerium Baden-Württemberg, Stiftung Schweiz Mobil, Conseil Géneral du Bas-Rhin under the leadership of the European Cyclists´ Federation. This press release was issued by Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH on behalf of the partners listed above.  

Further information: Romantischer Rhein Tourismus GmbH, An der Königsbach 8, 56075 Koblenz, presse(at)romantischer-rhein.de, www.rhinecycleroute.eu


Photos:
Visitors in the exhibition “2 Räder – 200 Jahre”: ©TECHNOSEUM
“Laufmaschine” around 1820 (replica): ©Fürstlich Fürstenbergische Sammlungen, Donaueschingen