Backers say bike route could boost northern Maine tourism

Backers say bike route could boost northern Maine tourism

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (AP) – Supporters say a 320-mile bike route in Maine could boost tourism in northern Maine.

The Bangor Daily News reports that bike groups will work with state and local groups for a 320-mile federally designated bike route from Bangor to Fort Kent.

The Northern Maine Development Commission is dealing with the Maine Department of Transportation and many bicycle groups on the theory.

The commission’s senior planner Jay Kamm says the route will be section of a national long-distance cycling network.

That U.S. Bicycle Route System features several types of roads including scenic byways and low-traffic local roads. The essential idea is that communities across the routes could make an effort to interest long-distance bike riders.

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