The Alblasserwaard-Vijfheerenlanden area is home to four top locations, such as the windmills of Kinderdijk (on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1997) and Leerdam as a Glass City. Most tourists and recreationists visit one top location and then leave this region. The aim is of this project is to attract visitors from (one of) these places into the area, make them stay longer in this region and spend more.
To make the area more attractive, a junction network of almost 600 km of walking routes has been created. We installed junction posts, route signs and around 60 information panels along the route. On the information panels, we provide suggestions of beautiful walking routes via the junctions. Via a digital route planner or the walking map, you can also plan your own route.
We count visitor movements in the walking network by means of sensors to show the number of visitors. This provides insight into how many people move into the area and whether it is interesting to further expand the infrastructure.
Walking network Alblasserwaard-Vijfheerenlanden consists of:
- Approximately 600 km of walking network (paved and unpaved)
- Production and placement of over 60 information panels, junction signs and route signs
- Production and construction of decks, bridges, crossovers, etc.
- Production and construction of a rowing boat that acts as a ferry
- 11 thematic digital routes in the RoutAbel app
- Monitoring the number of users through sensors
“I regularly hike and organise walks with a group myself. I often then create my own combination of walking routes. If you are not familiar with the area, the walking route network is very useful for orientation. You can think of your ideal route from home. And if it works out that way, you can adjust the route again on the spot using the map and the junctions.“
Rien van den Berg, Association TeVoet