State to support rural cycling infrastructure with €5 million ({{commentsTotal}})

The Ministry of the Interior will support 16 local governments with a total of five million euros to build cycling roads.

“Local governments were very active and we received many times more funding requests then we had financial possibilities for,” Interior Minister Hanno Pevkur said, adding that they found an additional 500,000 euros to supplement the initial 4.6 million, but many projects will still have to be rejected.

The decisive criteria were impact on local traffic safety, readiness to begin construction quickly and joint local government projects.

The drive to build roads for cycling and rollerblading began in 2011 and so far 37 roads have been completed or are in construction, totaling 90 kilometers. A further 100 kilometers of cycling roads have been built in cities and larger urban areas.

Editor: J.M. Laats



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