The last section of a 67 kilometer-long cycle path built around Lake Tisza was handed over last weekend in Poroszló, so from now on, the lake can be completely cycled around. The primary goal of the completed section is to support the further development of tourism in the region and to serve the needs of cycle commuters between Poroszló and Tiszafüred by creating safe cycling conditions.
At the inauguration ceremony on Saturday, Minister of Innovation and Technology László Palkovics emphasized that an old debt had been repaid by completing the cyclist route between Tiszafüred and Poroszló from the net HUF 3.1 billion investment of the national infrastructure development company (NIF). The safety of those traveling on the bike path is guaranteed by the physical separation of the 2.5-meter-wide cycle path from the main road.
As part of the development, four bridges have been built in the area. The cycle path around the lake also fits into the international EuroVelo 11 network, so the development serves not only weekend recreation but also long-term cycling tourism. In addition, two international cycling routes meet at Lake Tisza, and as a result of the project that has just been completed, these will also be upscaled. The investment, basically in line with its tourism purpose, also respects the beauty of the landscape and fits into the natural environment well.
With the completion of the last section, Lake Tisza can now be fully cycled around. Tourists can choose from two different paths: a shorter, 70 kilometer-long lap, and a longer distance of 95 kilometers. The bike path is separated from car traffic along its entire length.
Government Commissioner for ‘Active Hungary’ Máriusz Révész also spoke at the inauguration event, saying that the opening ceremony of “Hungary’s most spectacular cycling infrastructure” is also the opening of this year’s active tourist season and the launch of the holiday cruise program.
Thanks to the section now handed over, the number of cyclists around Lake Tisza can double in the near future and is expected to reach 100,000 people in 2021 at the latest. Helping to boost the region, the government is also supporting the reconstruction of lookout towers and boosting water tourism, Révész added.
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