07/24/2014 09:16 am ET Updated Jul 24, 2014

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

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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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