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France

As the home of the world’s most famous cycle race, France has long been a popular destination for cycle tourists hoping to follow in the footsteps of their heroes but perhaps at a more leisurely pace. When you consider that it also has to offer spectacular scenery, delicious food and a growing network of signed long-distance cycle routes, it is not surprising to hear that France has become the second biggest market for cycle tourism in Europe. However, with a country as large as France, there are still opportunities to find quiet rides for those that like to escape from the crowd.

National Coordination Centre

Départements & Régions cyclables (DRC)

The DRC network gather local authorities committed to cycling development in France. At the heart of the DRC’s attention : the cycling development and more precisely of cycle routes, greenways and cycle tourism. They support the project stakeholders with expertise, good pratice exchange, national advocacy and representation.

Cycle Routes

France has a national cycle network that consits on 21 000 km that are realised for more than the half of it. This national scheme includes the 8 EuroVelo routes crossing France through more that 8 000 km (73% of which is realised).

Cycle friendly services

« Accueil Vélo » is the french national cycle friendly services system. Accueil Vélo registers accomodations, bike renters and repair shops, tourist information centres and tourist sites. The Accueil Vélo system is curently spreading all accross France and count already more than 2000 cycle friendly services close to long cycle routes.

Printed material

Maps and guides are available to buy or download from the France Vélo Tourisme website, link below, for the main EuroVelo routes. For the EuroVelo routes still in development, the AF3V website can provide useful informations (in french only).

National information
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    France Vélo Tourisme

    France Vélo Tourisme is the french national website for promoting long distance cycle routes. The work is currently under process and the website will eventually have all the 'ready-to-cycle' EuroVelo routes in.

    Route descriptionElectronic maps / GPS tracksPrinted materialPublic transport connectionsCycle friendly services (accommodation, cafes, restaurants etc.)Bike rental facilitiesBookable offersPoints of interest / attractions etc.

    available in en / fr

    http://en.francevelotourisme.com

  • EuroVelo routes - National routes and greenways

    AF3V

    AF3V is a national organization of french citizens who promotes the development of greenways and long distance cycle routes in France. As part of their work they make their information available to the public willing to go cycling long distance or take some good time for leisure. Their website can also be of interest for the EuroVelo tourist. They have good input from the users' perspective.

    Route description

    available in fr

    http://af3v.org/CarteAF3V/carte-detaillee.html

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    Départements & Régions cyclables (DRC)

    The DRC network gather local authorities committed to cycling development in France. At the heart of the DRC’s attention : the cycling development and more precisely of cycle routes, greenways and cycle tourism. They support the project stakeholders with expertise, good pratice exchange, national advocacy and representation.

    available in fr

    http://www.departements-regions-cyclables.org