CYCLIN’PORTUGAL: EGNOS contributing to signpost the best bike trails in Portugal
Under the umbrella of the Portuguese Cycling Federation (FPC)1 and in collaboration with other bodies such as Turismo de Portugal, the Cyclin’Portugal’s programme was restructured in 2019 in response to the increasing number of leisure bikers and cyclotourists arising all around the country.
The main objective of this program is the establishment of a duly FPC-approved network of cycling routes and the so-called Cyclin’Portugal Centres, all of it aimed at supporting the practice of this sport in the nature and even within protected areas.
During 2019 and in the frame of the FPC’s attributions and competences, the “Regulation for the homologation of cycling routes and the Cyclin’ Portugal Centres” was updated in some matters, and includes specific chapters addressing how road cycling and Mountain Bike (MTB) routes shall be signposted.
Just like it happened in Spain with the publication of IMBA Spain’s signposting manual by early 2019, the Portuguese Regulation now recommends signalling technicians to use EGNOS in order to collect position coordinates for each of the signs or panels deployed along the routes and to record more accurate track logs.
1 FPC is also a member of IMBA Europe.