With around 400 kilometres, the Waldeck-Frankenberg district is currently planning Europe's longest connected trail and bike route network together with 14 other municipalities. The district of Waldeck-Frankenberg is receiving six million euros in funding from the state of Hesse for the implementation of this mammoth project. The decision was recently handed over online.
From 2022, the first routes will be open for cycling - and everything will be ready by 2025. A special unique selling point: All routes will be laid out in such a way that everyone can cycle them and, above all, everyone has fun doing it - from children to active seniors. "This project is not only a spectacular offer for enthusiastic bikers, but also an outstanding example of exemplary and forward-looking inter-communal cooperation," said the district administrator in praise of the extraordinary project and all those involved in it. "The nice thing is that everyone is not just looking at their own municipality, but together we see the whole with great potential. In this context, we would like to thank the State of Hesse and the EU very much for their support for this unique project.
Several million euros are being invested in the planning and construction. Six million euros of this comes from the state programme Gemeinschaftsaufgabe "Verbesserung der regionalen Wirtschaftsstruktur" (Improvement of the Regional Economic Structure), GRW for short, as well as further funds from the European Regional Development Fund.
"With innovative projects like these, we don't want to focus on the money giver, but on the idea giver," says Gottfried Milde from Wirtschafts- und Infrastrukturbank Hessen, through which the state funding is awarded to the district. "We are pleased to be able to support this project. Because: It creates a unique added value for tourism in the Waldeck-Frankenberg region," was the tenor of the participating CDU members Armin Schwarz, Claudia Ravensburg and Timo Hartmann.