Iron Curtain bike trail 'to unite people'

23.07.2014: Article published by the DAILY MIRROR on the 23rd of July 2014

THE Iron Curtain that divided Europe is to become a cycling trail that brings people together, European bosses said yesterday.

The 4,220-mile route from Norway to the Black Sea, following the barrier of steel wire and concrete that stood for 45 years until 1989, could be finished in two years.

Plaques will mark places where people were killed trying to flee to the west.

EU commissioner Johannes Hahn said: "This project will contribute to better understanding.

"It will help overcome mental barriers, which takes longer than tearing down a real Iron Curtain."

Transport chief Michael Cramer said studies showed that some animals still turned back at the nowdemolished barrier.