Véloroutes / Green ways

A Véloroute is a mid- to long-distance cycle route that must be continuous (without any interruptions, even in town), signposted and secure. It can use all kinds of secure routes, including green ways.

The different types of routes

A green way

is “a road reserved exclusively for non-motorised vehicle traffic, pedestrians and horse-riders” (Highway Code). It is accessible to all, without any particular physical demands. Pedestrians, cyclists, persons of reduced mobility, roller-skaters… can use it for recreation, tourism or their daily travel.
Green ways are exclusive ways using disused former railway lines, the banks of waterways, forest tracks, country trails etc...

Source : www.developpement-durable.gouv.fr

En vélo à Blois En vélo à Blois © J. Damase

Low-traffic roads:

roads with traffic of under 500 vehicles/day
No-thoroughfare roads: roads accessible to local inhabitants and cycles but not to through traffic (devices installed to prevent through traffic on these quiet routes)

Cyclistes à Tours, au quartier des Deux Lions Cyclistes à Tours, au quartier des Deux Lions © E. Mangeat
Cycle lanes:

  • Defined by the Highway Code,
  • Official guidelines:1.5m wide for each direction of traffic,
  • Lanes are identified by markings directly on the ground,
  • Exclusively reserved for cyclists,
  • Tend to be used in urban environments

  Cycle Paths:

  • They are defined by the French Highway Code as one-way or two-way lanes that are separate from the roadway and are reserved exclusively for cyclists, 
  • Depending on the signposting adopted, it may or may not be mandatory for cyclists to use them.