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Up to 500 km cycling trails to be in former military area

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Jince, Central Bohemia, June 10 (CTK) – Up to 500 km of cycling trails should be available in the new protected landscape area (CHKO) in the Brdy former Czech military district, Environment Minister Richard Brabec told CTK yesterday after a meeting with mayors of the Brdy municipalities.
Brabec and Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky (both ANO) also agreed that the maximum speed on the roads in the area would be 50 km/hour.
The aim is to minimise car traffic in Brdy and make visitors to park their cars on its edge and continue on foot or bicycle.
In the first year of the Brdy CHKO, cycling trails will be on newly reinforced roads and they should be extended in the future, Brabec said.
The Environment Ministry has received all comments on the draft decree to set up nature protection zones there as of 2016.
A specially protected area of 345 square kilometres will be established in the Brdy military district that is to be abolished at the end of the year.
Stropnicky told reporters that the planned deadline woudl be met. However, some details have to be tuned up after declaring the CHKO Brdy, he added.
The removal of explosives continues according to the schedule and it should be completed by 2017. At present, 35 percent of the area has been cleaned up, Stropnicky added.
The Brdy military district was established at the beginning of the 20th century. This step “conserved” the local landscape where rare animal and plant species are preserved.
The foundation of the new CHKO will afflict 34 municipalities. However, it will not restrict people’s entry to the locality.
The abolition of Brdy will reduce the total area of Czech military districts by 42,000 to 87,600 hectares.

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