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European Politicians Want To Turn The Iron Curtain Into A Bike Path

A woman cycles past a portion of the Berlin Wall on October 16, 2008 at the East Side Gallery in Berlin. The East Side Galler
A woman cycles past a portion of the Berlin Wall on October 16, 2008 at the East Side Gallery in Berlin. The East Side Gallery, a more than one kilometre long section of the Wall decorated with paintings by international artists, is to be restored, as most of the paintings are badly damaged by erosion, graffiti and vandalism. AFP PHOTO BARBARA SAX (Photo credit should read BARBARA SAX/AFP/Getty Images)

It used to be the death strip that kept the enemy at bay. Now the former Iron Curtain could come to serve a more benign purpose. This week a group of European politicians presented plans to promote the old dividing line between east and west as a cycling route.

The Austrian EU commissioner, Johannes Hahn, and the German Green MEP Michael Cramer unveiled the Iron Curtain trail project (pdf) at Vienna's House of the European Union on Monday.

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