On the 6th of August, 2019 Committee for Tourism of the Leningrad Region hosted the meeting on development of bicycle tourism in border areas of the Leningrad Region under the chairmanship of Rimma Sachunova, Deputy Chairman of the Committee - Head of Department for Coordination of Tourism and Development of Tourism Infrastructure.
At the meeting representatives of the lead partner, the Directorate, together with GK «Transport Integration», carrying out research work as part of the project “Cycling” within the framework of South East-Finland-Russia CBC program, presented options of prospective cycle routes in border areas of Russia and Finland.
Olga Potiforova, Head of the PPP and External Relations Department of the Directorate, noted that it’s necessary to concentrate biggest efforts on creation of routes that meet all the requirements in order to be integrated into EuroVelo cycle route network in Europe. This could attract a large number of tourists from Europe to the Leningrad Region. The options of cycle routes suggested by the Directorate fall into the zone of popular tourist routes.
Rimma Sachunova said that in terms of development of tourism those cycle routes that provide access to numerous sights of the Leningrad Region, especially top natural beauty spots, are of keen interest. Currently, the Committee for Tourism of the Leningrad Region actively researches possibilities of development of cycle routes in the region.
Representatives of the project «BizCycle» which is also being implemented in the framework of the South East-Finland-Russia CBC also joined the meeting and shared their opinion on the topics discussed. Following the meeting, the participants agreed to coordinate ideas and actions on development of cycle routes in the border areas of Russia and Finland.