Apr 21, 2024Sep 29, 2024
Various locations in Switzerland

SlowUp is a series of one-day cycling tours taking place all over Switzerland. The roads are closed especially for the occasion, so it's a great way to get to know each region of Switzerland by bike with the added privilege of feeling unthreatened by fast-moving vehicles. Whether you're an experienced cyclist, a cycling novice or a parent wondering where to bring your children on an adventurous but safe bike ride, then this is just the thing!

Swiss roads close for cyclists during SlowUp

The event was established in 2000 and has steadily increased in popularity ever since. Thanks to its success, the event has now spread to a number of Swiss cantons. The roads are closed and therefore, some of the most amazing routes that are not usually safely accessible are right at your pedalling feet! It attracts cyclists young and old from all walks of life, including families, students, groups of friends, corporate team outings and anybody with even a remote interest in cycling.

You can take part on your bike, on roller skates or any mode of transport as long as you are using your own muscle power (although e-bikes are also allowed). It even attracts running groups and some casual walkers. The event takes place in any weather and participation is free! There's no need for a map because the route is pre-planned by the organisers and therefore it's hard to miss all the colourful signs and arches.

Cyclists can meet at the starting point and hit the road together or they can join at any part of the route. There's no obligation to finish the course and it is certainly not a race - it's just for pure enjoyment! Take in the gorgeous vistas of lakes, rivers and mountains while you cruise along the picturesque cycling routes.

Along the way, participants will find plenty of offerings like stands selling refreshing food and drinks as well as freebies by the event's sponsors.

SlowUp bike routes in 2024

Here are the dates and locations for SlowUp free cycling events in 2024:

  • April 21: Ticino
  • April 28: Lake Murten
  • May 5: Werdenberg (including crossing the Swiss border into Liechtenstein)
  • May 12: Solothurn - Buechibärg
  • May 26: Schaffhausen - Hegau
  • June 2: Valais
  • June 9: Schwyz
  • June 16: Hochrhein (High Rhine)
  • June 30: Jura
  • July 7: Vallée de Joux
  • July 28: La Broye
  • August 11: Brugg Region
  • August 18: Seetal
  • August 24: Lake Sempach
  • August 25: Lake Constance
  • September 1: Albula Pass
  • September 8: Emmental - Oberaargau
  • September 15: Basel - Dreiland
  • September 29: Lake Zurich

Plan your cycling trip at SlowUp

You can decide in your own time if you're one of the die-hards to complete the whole thing or if you're likely to go at a leisurely pace on a small portion of the trail. So, take a look at the SlowUp website and browse the route to see what's in store for you and figure out if you're going to reach the route by driving or whether you'll take your bike with you on Swiss public transport.