Today a new bicycle path was opened between #Lanaken and #Maastricht. The bicycle path is 3.2km long and lies between #Smeermaas and #Veldwezelt on the Belgian side and Malberg and Oud-Caberg on the Dutch side. The route crosses the border seven times, a unique bicycle path for both countries. The new cycle path will have a resting stop where a Carolingian fortress once stood.
Bicycle path as a natural connection
In the #Albertknoop project, Lanaken and Maastricht are working on a business park that fits in with the surroundings. Part of this is a new nature connection of approximately 13 hectares. A total of approximately 3.2km of cycle paths with a width of 3 meters will be added to the area surrounding the business park. The cycle path has been included by Tourism Limburg in the recreational and functional cycle route network. The Province of Limburg also considers the cross-border cycle path important in its ambitions as "Cycling province".
Place to app
The new bicycle path passes an archaeological site where a Carolingian fortress from the early Middle Ages once stood. This came to light during excavation excavations. This is now to be the site of a rest stop for cyclists. Visitors can discover the history of the area through an app which is part of the Archeo Route project. This project makes archaeological finds visible in a contemporary way and tells the stories behind the sites in #Limburg. It is also the first time that an Archeo Route project is being developed in Belgium..
A green wall around the brick factory
The relocated border post forms the final piece of the earthworks around the Wienerberger brickworks, which started in 2015. The boundary post stood in the depot of the brick factory for a number of years to enable the construction of a soil wall around the factory. The earthen wall forms a visual and soundproof buffer of 6 to 8 metres high between Malberg and the brick factory. Planting on site is geared to the nature objectives of the Zeeltal and attracts butterflies, bats, lizards and even badgers.
In the border area between Lanaken and Maastricht there is an open space where Leembank CVBA is currently extracting loam from the soil as a raw material for brickworks. After this work, a new water-bound business park will be developed here within 10 to 15 years.