On March 25, 2011, in the municipality Pehchevo, a meeting on the project "The Balkan Bike Trail” was held, during which future activities to be undertaken by the Center for Development of the Eastern Planning Region and partner municipalities were discussed in preparation for the upcoming workshop in Sandanski, Bulgaria. The Center for Development of the Eastern Planning Region has partnered with Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and the Center for Development of the Southeast Planning Region to complete this project, which aims to create bicycle paths as part of "The Iron Curtain Trail” in the border regions of Macedonia, Bulgaria, Greece and Romania.
The trail enters Macedonia through the border crossing at Delchevo, continues through lowland areas to Berovo, Pehchevo, and then continues to Strumica through Bosilevo and Novo Selo, where it crosses the Bulgarian border. Defining the trail involves not only its demarcation, and in this initial phase mapping, but also installing signage to indicate all cultural, tourist, and archaeological sites and monuments, as well as, the items that are traditionally of interest to every rider and hiker. This project is only a beginning for future projects related to the development of alternative tourism in Europe and the world.