Cyclists to ride through forest canopy on new Limburg path
A very special cycle path is under construction that will let cyclists ride 10 metres high among the trees
The canopy cycle path, according to Flanders News, the cycle path will climb 10 metres and be 700 metres long. Preparations will start immediately, but details on when the path will be ready have not been released.
The government of Flanders is providing funding for the project as part of its ongoing bid to promote cycling among both residents and tourists. Among avid cyclists, Flanders is a hot-spot for cycling tourism, with its champion standing on the pro cycling circuit, its infamously gruelling Tour of Flanders road race and its winding, sometimes cobblestoned, rural road network.
The region has been working to further spread its reputation as a destinations for recreational cyclists, with Limburg long billing itself as a “cycle paradise”. The Fietsen door de Bomen (Cycling Through the Trees) project joins Fietsen door het Water, a sunken cycle and pedestrian bridge in nearby Genk that puts users’ eyes at water level.
The Vlaanderen Fietsland website offers advice for cycle holidays and lets cyclists create their own routes of any length anywhere in the region.
Photo: Rendering of the future treetop cycle path in Hechtel-Eksel
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