News from the Verona Garda Bike network

The Verona Garda Bike network is on the move! They have presented their new 3-year projects for the Verona lake district, consisting in promoting e-bike tourism, tracing scenic bicycle routes and more in general, promoting sustainable mobility on two wheels.

A few days ago, we held a press conference to present the new team of nine entrepreneurs who have decided to join our network. As well as us, the founding partners, the network now includes Europlan S.p.A., Bellatrix S.r.l., Lamacart S.p.A. with the Nicolis Museum, Masi, Gardaland, the Natura Viva Park, Giardino Sigurtà Park and the Cavour Aquatic Park. These are the enterprises who will be working with Consorzio Veneto, Navigarda, and Funivia Malcesine – Monte Baldo to encourage sustainable mobility among the tourists visiting our region. The aim is to promote bike tourism in the southern district of Lake Garda by offering a vast array of activities to both Italian and foreign visitors, so that they can discover more about our culture, history, wine, local cuisine and entertainment while cycling in our region.

Currently, the Verona Garda Bike network, established in 2012 with a 3-year programme, continues its actions with the involvement of an even greater number of enterprises – says the vice-president of the network, Ms. Silvia Nicolis. Thanks to the help of the C.C.I.A.A. in Verona and the financial support of Confindustria – she adds – Verona Garda Bike can now aim at higher goals, namely tracing new bicycle itineraries in the environs of Verona and promoting the use of electric bicycles, considered as the means of creating culture through tourism and sports.

Three new projects are scheduled for the 2016-1019 period: the creation of a new map of all the bike itineraries in this region and a specific geo-localization-based App informing the user of all the nearby places of interest, and the inauguration of an itinerary for e-bikes (bicycles with an integrated electric motor that can be used for propulsion), i.e. the Celeste Bianchi –Terre del Garda trail. Bianchi, the leading bicycle company in Italy, has played an active role in designing this itinerary, and Garba too, the Verona association of voluntary workers, has given a great contribution: they have taken care of all the paperwork, and will be responsible for the maintenance of this 98 km-long track south of Lake Garda. The itinerary will pass through all the places where the nine enterprises operate, and tourists passing by are welcome to stop there and rest. The track is divided into three smaller, shorter circuits, covering either the northern, central or southern part of this territory. The trail is not particularly demanding, since there are no steep climbs or descents, and can be covered in one or more days. It starts off from Garda or Bardolino, two towns along the shores of the lake, and from there goes inland towards Albarè, Rivoli and Affi, and then turns southwards, crossing Lazise and Cavaion. After reaching Bussolengo, it stretches towards Sommacampagna, Villafranca and Valeggio sul Mincio, to then return to the shores of the lake in the environs of Peschiera and Castelnuovo del Garda. This itinerary is already present on the maps distributed free by Verona Garda Bike: it is itinerary B, the blue one, because blue is the distinctive colour of the Bianchi brand. What is new is that in every resting area along the Celeste Bianchi route there will be an electric bike-charging station, presented for the first time to the public at the network’s press conference. Thanks to these stations, while the battery recharges, the tourists have the opportunities of taking a break in the premises of the network partners offering this service, surrounded by our beautiful countryside.


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