Cross-European bike route to facilitate movement of travelers and citizens in nine countries

A cross-European bike route running along the Adriatic and Ionian Sea will be create with a goal of facilitating the movement of travelers and citizens.

The project Adrioncycletour will be conducted under the EU Strategy for the Adriatic-Ionian Region (EUSAIR).

Bike paths of nine European countries will be integrated into a single network facilitating movement from one city to another in a sustainable and safe way. It also aims to strengthen the integration of the regions and countries involved and create the conditions for new cycling-related eco-tourism products in areas off the beaten track, reports GTP.

The participating countries are Greece, Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia, Albania, and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Mayor of Athens Kostas Bakoyannis announced last year plans for the creation of two new bike routes in Athens and the completion of a network of cycling routes linking the city center to the coast.

Besides attracting tourists from abroad, Adrioncycletour stakeholders hope to encourage local tourism and car-free commuting.

The project will also bring together regional and local authorities, development agencies, tourist stakeholders and cycling associations.

The project was approved this month by the European Commission’s EUSAIR macro-regional strategy and foresees a bike route crossing all countries bordering the Adriatic-Ionian basin.

 

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