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South Korea's infrastructure boondoggle a boon for cyclists

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              In this June 15, 2017 photo, a visitor rides a bicycle along the Han river in Seoul, South Korea. In a country where bikes are either a...

              In this June 15, 2017 photo, people ride bicycles along the bike path of the Han river in Seoul, South Korea. In a country where bikes ...

              In this June 14, 2017 photo, a visitor rides a bicycle along the bike path of the Han river in Seoul, South Korea. In a country where b...

              In this June 15, 2017 photo, a man rides a bicycle along the Ara bike path in Incheon, South Korea. In a country where bikes are either...

              In this June 15, 2017 photo, a man rides a bicycle along the bike path in Seoul, South Korea. In a country where bikes are either a poo...

              In this June 15, 2017 photo, a man riding a bicycle, passes near the certification center where riders can stamp the location's logo in...

              In this June 14, 2017 photo, Duk Young Lee explains about touring bike at his shop in Seoul, South Korea. In a country where bikes are ...

In this June 15, 2017 photo, a visitor rides a bicycle along the Han river in Seoul, South Korea. In a country where bikes are either a...

In this June 15, 2017 photo, people ride bicycles along the bike path of the Han river in Seoul, South Korea. In a country where bikes ...

In this June 14, 2017 photo, a visitor rides a bicycle along the bike path of the Han river in Seoul, South Korea. In a country where b...

In this June 15, 2017 photo, a man rides a bicycle along the Ara bike path in Incheon, South Korea. In a country where bikes are either...

In this June 15, 2017 photo, a man rides a bicycle along the bike path in Seoul, South Korea. In a country where bikes are either a poo...

In this June 15, 2017 photo, a man riding a bicycle, passes near the certification center where riders can stamp the location's logo in...

In this June 14, 2017 photo, Duk Young Lee explains about touring bike at his shop in Seoul, South Korea. In a country where bikes are ...

SANGJU, South Korea (AP) — In a country where bikes are either a poor man's transportation or a weekend workout for spandex-clad racers, the longest and most highly engineered network of car-free paths in the world is being built through dense evergreen forests, down wildflower-lined river valleys and over steep mountain crests.

A South Korean schoolteacher has ridden his country's entire 2,700-kilometer (1,677-mile) of trails completed to date. Moon-wan Sup says, "If you like speeding fast you will need to train, but if you want to go slow, anyone can enjoy riding our paths."

Construction of the multimillion-dollar bike network was met with widespread disdain a decade ago as an expensive attempt to appease public contempt over a massive river restoration project approved without public input. But it's hard to hate a bike path.


Updated : 2021-06-13 10:21 GMT+08:00