Holden Beach is putting a little extra focus on bicycles, in hopes of attracting tourists for the summer season. Holden Beach Town Manager, David Hewett said, “Many folks are biking these days. It's an outdoor low-impact activity that's good for you and those are the types of things that Holden Beach is known for.” The town approved $6,000 for signs and brochures for the Olden Holden Bike Tour. Town officials said many people chose not to travel last summer due to financial struggles and they are hoping to prevent that from happening again. Alan Holden, Holden Beach Mayor, said, “In these economic times, Holden Beach is looking to enhance the family outings. And what's better than a bicycle ride with mom, pop and all the little ones following along in a safe environment.” But with a new Emergency Operation Center and town hall under construction, commissioners will postpone paving Canal Street along the Intracoastal Waterway. While a slow economy and other projects mean the town won't be able to put a bike path along Canal Street, arguably one of the most scenic routes along the tour, it shouldn't prevent many bikers from pedaling through to see the view. They will consider the bike path for the next budget in June, but the town wanted to become a part of a growing trend before that. “The more we looked at it, the more we found many counties and towns in North Carolina that are going for this bike friendly community,” said John Iytvinenko of the bike route planning committee. The bike tour brochures include three trails people can take to see the historic sites of Holden Beach. While they have varying distances the total trails are about 20 miles long.
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