Kyrgyzstan lake to become bicyclists’ haven

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Mr. MacWard said that because of the high volume of traffic on roads skirting the north of the lake, his tours currently take in only the southern shores.

“To have a cycle route going around the lake would certainly be [an interesting option] when I’m looking at doing cycling tours around Kyrgyzstan,” he said.

Locals say they are pleased with the commerce they hope the project will bring to the region.

“We have a great environment around the lake, with historic sites, thermal springs, mountains and forests,” said Omurbek Kydyrov, a resident of Kyzyl Tuu, a village near Lake Issyk-Kul. “[This] will attract more tourists [and] will increase employment opportunities for locals because [we] will serve the tourists.”

Osborne reported from Berlin.

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