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COROLLA, NC (AP) — Officials on the northern Outer Banks say five-foot bike paths along N.C. 12 are attracting visitors.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reported the area from Manteo to Corolla has spent nearly $7 million in state and local funds to add the bike lanes.

A state study of cycling’s impact on the northern Outer Banks shows nearly 700,000 people ride bikes and spend about $60 million each year. Three-fourths of those surveyed said they wanted more bike paths.

Local officials want to make the Outer Banks and northeastern North Carolina a destination for bicycle riders. But it costs about $1 million for one mile of bike paths.

Matt Wood with the state transportation board says the state agency has about $6 million for bike and pedestrian lanes for the entire state.

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