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Cycling path boosts tourism between Liepāja and Grobiņa

Locals of Grobiņa have seen tourist numbers grow since the opening of the new cycling connection between the town and the port city of Liepāja, reports Latvian Radio.

Locals say visitors from Liepāja are frequenting Grobiņa's cafes and visiting tourism objects. The town funded the cycling path on its own. 

The path stretches for three kilometers by the Rīga-Liepāja highway and cost around €0.5m to build.  

"We've installed a tracker that counts cyclists all the time .. we were very surprised to see that 192 cyclists were counted on the very first day," said Grobiņa municipality representative Raimonds Reinis.

"The cycling path from central Liepāja to Grobiņa is 13 km long. If a Liepāja local arrives to Grobiņa, looks around the city and returns, he has cycled for 35 km .. after interviewing tourism industry entrepreneurs we see that there's a large influx to tourism objects," said Reinis.

75-year-old Dairis is a seasoned cyclist. He's going to Grobiņa to meet his friend arriving Priekule. His friend is over 85 years old and they both plan to go visit the Karosta military prison.

"I've cycled this path for several times. My son said there could be more trees to keep the wind away. You can also cycle at night, but I haven't tried it yet. I just rode ten kilometers right from my home," he said.

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