Complementarity of Cycle Tourism in the Tourist Development of Rural-Mountain Areas. Case study: the geographical area of Săcuieu-Răchițele in the Vlădeasa Massif


  • Ovidiu Radu Ciascai Doctoral School of Geography, Faculty of Geography, Babeș-Bolyai University
  • Ștefan Dezsi Department of Human Geography and Tourism, Faculty of Geography; Center for Research on Settlements and Urbanism, Babeș-Bolyai University
  • Karina-Alexandra Rus Doctoral School of Geography, Faculty of Geography, Babeș-Bolyai University


cycling tourism, rural tourism, sustainable development, local heritage, Vladeasa Mountains


[EN] Encouragement of cycling policies and enhancement of mountain countryside through cycling tourism can be motivating factors leading to the implementation of new cycling strategies and plans for a better use of geographical space, in general, and tourist heritage, in particular, based on the principles of sustainable development. In this regard, our paper aims to identify, systematize, and highlight the main current trends in the field, building on a research study investigating the extent and scope of cycling tourism in some areas belonging to the Vlădeasa Massif (Săcuieu-Răchițele tourist destination), in order to provide recommendations for a more effective use of mountain rural heritage through cycling tourism. Turning these approaches into clear, science-based objectives, with cycling as a connecting and enhancing element, can significantly contribute to the sustainable development of mountainous rural areas, even in less human-friendly places.

[FR] L’encouragement des stratégies de cyclisme et la mise en évidence du paysage de montagne par le cyclotourisme peuvent être des facteurs motivationnels qui conduisent à des nouvelles stratégies et programmes de cyclisme pour une meilleure utilisation de l'espace géographique, généralement, et du patrimoine touristique, en spécial, basés sur le principe du développement durable. Après de longues recherches, on identifie des opportunités de mise en évidence du potentiel touristique de la région montagneuse Săcuieu-Răchițele, située dans le Massif Vlădeasa, du point de vue du cyclotourisme. Autant les informations factuelles obtenues au cours des recherches sur le terrain, que les données obtenues après la consultation des bases de données officielles, ont été finalement transposés dans la matrice TOWS suivant la stratégie maximale (SO), décrivant ainsi la mise en œuvre de l’infrastructure du cyclotourisme comme prioritaire. La conversion de ces approches dans des objectifs précis pourrait contribuer plus tard au développement durable des régions montagneuses rurales, même dans les régions souvent considérées moins favorables aux gens. Ensuite, on propose des recommandations pour une utilisation plus efficace du patrimoine rural montagneux par l`intermède du tourisme par le vélo.



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