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Improvement of the Hanze Corridor Through an Eco-Friendly Bycicle Track


This project focused on improving the attractiveness of a recreational area surrounding of the city of Dronten. New visitors facilities have been developed, namely a cycling route along an eco-friendly path.


The city of Dronten is encircled by an attractive agricultural region along Drontermeer. Nonetheless, the area was lacking a good infrastructure connecting the city with its surroundings and suitable facilities and services to attract more visitors.


The project is focused at improving infrastructure facilities of the rural area along Drontenmeer. In addition to that, improvements in water quality, development of the landscape and awareness-raising on sustainability issues were overall purposes of the project.

Main activities

An 8 km-long bicycle track between Dronten and the Veluwemeer has been constructed. The cycle track runs along a strip of land between the new railway line and the Zwolse Tocht canal, cutting straight through the agricultural land, which was purchased. Natural and recreational facilities were developed along the strip. An eco-friendly canal bank along the Zwolse Tocht was also constructed.

Results & Benefits

The whole project was developed taking into account nature sights and preserving the eco-compatibility of the area. Additionally, the new route was integrated with the canal-bank. This in turn, allowed for the deployment of tourist facilities and services to make the area more attractive to visitors.

Lessons learnt

The project is a good example of resource-oriented regional development. Firstly the opportunity arose to simultaneously construct a cycle link together with the development of the railway line. Subsequently, this was extended with the idea to purchase the strip of land and develop it with nature. Finally, this development was followed by the addition of a nature-friendly canal bank.

Project location and other information

Rural areas between Dronten and the Drontermeer lake



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Contact name

Alain Hubers



Languages for contact

English, Dutch

At a glance



Final beneficiary type

Public/local authorities, Other

Budget range

> €500 000

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Theme / Measure:

• Rural Quality of Life & Economic Diversification
• Rural economic diversification
• 313. Encouragement of tourism activities


Biodiversity, Recreation area, Infrastructure, Landscape, Water

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