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The junction node system: Cycling by numbers 

It couldn't be easier: with the junction node system in East Belgium, you can conveniently plan your cycling trip according to your own fitness level and the time available. Even without local knowledge or a detailed cycling map, all you need to do afterwards is to enjoy the scenery!  

 

Orientation made revolutionarily simple thanks to the junction node system

The junction node system for hiking tours comes from Flanders, where it is very popular and widespread. At the end of the 1980s, a Flemish mining engineer from Limburg developed a completely new orientation system to show the miners the way in the underground tunnels. This innovative system was later used for leisure activities. It consists of either cycling or walking routes, which are connected by numbers at crossing points. The aim of the junction node system is to simplify orientation.

What is the junction node system?

The classic signposting of hiking routes (long-distance hiking trails or themed trails for instance) has a decisive disadvantage: the same few routes are used over and over again whilst others are left aside. In the junction node system, each junction point has its own number. These numbers can be found on a map in the online hiking route planner. On site, they can be seen on wooden posts that are placed at many crossroads. With this system by numbers, everyone can now plan their own hiking tour by arranging the numbers according to their wishes about the length and difficulty of the tour. This gives the junction node system users a variety of possibilities to plan their routes.


Discover the route planner


 

How does it work?

At the spots where two or more hiking trails meet, a "junction point" has been given a number. Hikers can choose any of these starting points and plan their route accordingly. With the practical digital route planner, junctions can be connected and round trips and routes can thus be designed individually within a very short time. This route planner is available here.

Example of a hike according to the junction node network

To the following nodes (15.7 km):
​77 (0 km) > 78 (3.9 km) > 93 (4.6 km) > 5 (6.6 km) > 23 (8.8 km) > 21 (10.8 km) > 37 (13.9 km) > 77 (15.7 km)


The sequence of node-numbers should be noted or remembered in the correct order. With the Nodemapp Bike app (Android & iOS), you can also plan your route on mobile devices. Then, one could go to the self-chosen starting point and simply follow the signs to the next node. There are junction signs and intermediate signs to lead hikers. At the junctions, several directional alternatives are possible. The intermediate signs only point into one direction, namely the direction of the next junction.

The big advantage is that you can decide yourself how far you want to walk. You can also shorten, lengthen or reschedule the route at any time, depending on your wishes. This way, you can experience customized hiking routes in East Belgium. You quickly get to know the most beautiful paths and no longer run the risk of getting lost.

Sounds good? Then plan your first hiking tour according to junction nodes:


> Here's the cycle route planner


 

GO Ostbelgien ⇒ Nodemapp

The GO Ostbelgien app will be switched off at the end of April. The reason for this is that it is no longer technically supported. As an alternative, we recommend the NodeMapp Hike and NodeMapp Bike apps, which also use the junction node system and offer additional, improved functions. These apps are free to use, but you can access additional functions with a Premium subscription. As a current user of the GO Ostbelgien app, you can benefit from a 50% discount on these Premium versions until 30 April.
Your previous routes on GO Ostbelgien will not be automatically transferred. If you want to keep them, we recommend that you transfer them manually before 30 April.


> Here's the FAQ


 

Cycle tours by numbers
 

For those who don't want to plan their own tour, there are the OVELO tours in East Belgium. These are a selection of the most beautiful cycle routes in East Belgium, most of which are based on the cycle junction system.

 


This is what the junction node system looks like:
 

The number of the node is attached at the top of the column (white dot, green background) and shows you where you are. The signposts below indicate the direction to the neighbouring points (dark blue background). The name of the municipality you are in can be found at the top. At the very bottom, you find a link to the hiking route planner website and the emergency number 112.

 


Where and since when does the junction node systemexist?
 

In its original form, the junction node network of cycle paths in East Belgium covers 850 km (formerly VeloTour) and dates back to 2004. It is now connected to many other neighbouring junction node networks, so that you can virtually go in all directions. The signposting has been renewed in several phases since 2018 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2024.

 


Help us with maintenance
 

The junction node system in East Belgium covers about 1,370 km. All routes and signs have been checked carefully and are regularly maintained. Nevertheless, experience has shown that there can always be problems with the signposting or routing. If you have discovered a missing, dirty or damaged signpost along the way, please do not hesitate to contact us to keep the junction node system up to date.


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