June with a new face, clearer, more user-friendly and with new functions. The bike route data is now up to date throughout Hesse. Cycling in Hesse will thus become even more comfortable and attractive," said the Hessian Minister of Economics and Transport, Dieter Posch, at today's presentation of the 2011 Cycle Route Planner in Wiesbaden together with Dr. Thorsten Miltner from Integrated Traffic and Mobility Management, Frankfurt RhineMain Region (ivm). The Hesse Cycle Route Planner is a service of the Hessian Ministry of Economics, Transport and Regional Development and ivm-GmbH and is available free of charge on the Internet at www.Cycle route planner.Hesse.En accessible.
" The cycle route planner has facilitated the planning of cycle tours since May 2007 and is continuously improved. In many cases the improvements are based on suggestions from its users. 2011 the route calculation has been accelerated. Route calculation is now lightning fast. Stops and intermediate points can be placed on the map and interchanged at will. The route on the map and the altitude profile are constantly corresponding with each other and the altitude profile is displayed in parallel," said Posch.
New is also the search for points of interest and addresses, streets, places, but also districts or stations. These can now be searched for and found in any combination.
"From family outings to multi-day bike tours to special mountain bike routes, everything can now be accessed. But even the way to work can be organized perfectly," says Posch enthusiastically. Currently, apps for smartphones are being worked on, which offer the same service "on the road", Posch outlined the next development.
"The maps have a new look, making it easier overall to find your way around different roads and route elements. Even hilly tracks are easier to see." Explained Dr. Miltner. Survey data from the Hessian State Office for Land Management and Geoinformation is used as the basis for the maps. The aerial photos offered here also facilitate orientation. The decision for a bike route.
A current and new feature is that, just in time for the start of the Hessentag in Oberursel, the cycle routes to the numerous Hessentag bicycle parking areas, which have been specially signposted for the state festival, are displayed in the cycle route planner. The cycle route planner suggests a total of 12 routes to the Hessentag 2011 as a tour tip. Whether from Frankfurt, Sulzbach or Kronberg: the route map provides information on route length and character, z.B. Difficult or slight inclines of the cities and towns located along the tour, Posch promoted the use of the route suggestions.
"With this offer, we also want to take into account the growing interest in cycling in Hesse. Bicycle tourism in Hesse has become a considerable economic factor. Cycling traffic shows with ca. 8% the highest increase rates in tourism on". The economic importance of bicycle tourism. Its growth potential is said to be considerable. The desire for active and wellness vacations, as well as rising energy prices, make cycling vacations an increasingly attractive form of travel and vacation. More than 1 million overnight stays are attributed to bicycle tourism in Hessen. Overnight guests with bicycles spend an average of 64 euros per capita per day. Bicycle excursionists around 16 euros per head and day. An estimated 10 million excursionists are expected in Hesse. The revenue generated by Hessian cycle tourism is thus an estimated 220 million euros in turnover.