Thematic Workshop D
Сycling & Walking at Tourist Destinations

'Facilitating Cycling & Walking for Tourists, Cycling routes provision, Shared bikes, Promotion of Cyclo-Tourism, integration of cycling in urban/regional tourism mobility strategies, promoting ‘Greenways’

Rīga, Latvia 9 – 11 September 2020


Day 1: Wednesday, 9 September 2020

Venue: Ministry of Transport of the Republic of Latvia, Gogoļa 3, Rīga, LV-1050 


09:30 Registration

10:00 Session 1: Opening Session  

Moderator: Raitis Sijats, Latvia Greenways Association

 Opening Address, Tālis Linkaits Ministry of Transport Republic of Latvia, Latvia

 Opening Address, Michael Cramer, MEP, Chair Transport/Tourism Committee 2014-2017 year, Honorary member of ECTN

 Address by lead partner MDAT Thessaloniki, Greece

 Purpose of Thematic Workshop in the frame of DESTI-SMART project: background, issues, aims, approach, activities and expected results, by Project Coordinator, Manos Vougioukas, Greece

 State of the Art on ‘Cycling & Walking at Tourist Destinations’, by advisory partner Bournemouth University, Dr Viachaslau Filimonau, UK

 Discussion

12:00 Lunch 

13:00- 14:00 Transport from Riga to former Ķeipene railway station: “S. Eisenstein center for communication in Ķeipene” 


14:00 Session 2: Experience, good practices, innovations and plans/priorities on cycling & walking at tourist destinations, proposals for the Action Plans

(10 min each)

 Moderator: Dr Viachaslau Filimonau, UK, Bournemouth University, UK (advisory partner)

 Metropolitan Development Agency of Thessaloniki SA (MDAT SA), Greece 

 Sardinia Autonomous Region (SAR), Italy

 Bremerhaven Tourism Marketing and Events Company Ltd (EM), Germany

 Horarios do Funchal, Transportes Publicos, SA (HF), Madeira, Portugal

 Hastings Borough Council (HBC), United Kingdom

 Mallorca Island Council (MIC), Spain

 Latvian Greenways Association (LGWA), Latvia

 Lake Balaton Development Coordination Agency (LB), Hungary

 Pafos Regional Board of Tourism (PRBT), Cyprus

15:30 coffee break 

16:00 Session 3: Good practices and results from other projects and initiatives on cycling & hiking at tourist destinations

 Moderator: Manos Vougioukas, Project Coordinator, Greece

 Opening Address Jānis Bordāns Ministry of Justice Republic of Latvia, President of Latvia Greenways Association 

 Greenways (Cycling/Hiking) network, Latvia Greenways Association (LGWA)

 CYCLE WALK Interreg Europe project

 CIVITAS DESTINATIONS project, Horarios do Funchal, Transportes Publicos, SA (HF), Madeira, Portugal

 LGWA Stakeholders experience:

 EV 13- Iron Curtain Trail- New Culture Route (Carnikava munic/Chair of Riga Planning region

 Reconstruction of former railway station. Ropaži/Keipene/Ergli municipality

 Using existing railway trails for tourism purpose. Olaine, Strenči municipality

 Narrow gouge railway- Greenway connection with Steam railway “Bānitis”. Gulbene/ Alūksne municipality.

 Q & A

 Conclusions and next steps, Project Coordinator (10 minutes)

 Closing remarks by lead partner MDAT (5 minutes)

 Closing remarke by LGWA host partner

18:00 End of Workshop 

Transport to Gulbene manor house/hotel ****

20:00 Dinner in Gulbene manor house/hotel ****. Accommodation in Gulbene.  


Day 2: Thursday 10 September 2020 Study visits:  

08:45: Departure from hotel to Gulbene train station by electric train  

9:00: Visit Gulbene train station, Railbike, dresine, New railway station exhibition

10:30 Departure (33 km) to Aluksne train station by reconstructed steam railway Ferdinand

12:00 Arriving in Alūksne Railway station. Visit Aluksne railway museum (USA Design Award 2018)

13:00 Lunch in Alūksne

14:00 Departure to Hansa city Valmiera

15:30 Short cycling/walking (~3 km) in Hansa city Valmiera. Visit Ainaži-Valmiera Greenways. (Greenways Award of Excelence 2019)

16:30 Departure from Valmiera to Carnikava

18:00 Arriving in Carnikava (site visit on Iron Curtain Trail, New culture route since 2019 year)

19:00 Dinner in Carnikava

20:30 Arriving in Riga


Day 3: Wednesday 11 September 2020.:

9:30- 13:00 Interregional Steering Group meeting