France by bike during the European Week of Mobility

Published by Andrew on 4 August 2016

The European Week of Mobility is a great excuse to get out and explore France by bike on one of hundreds of bike lanes and voies vertes.

cycling in France in the European Week of MobilityThis year the week of September 16-22 has been designated as “European Week of Mobility” and many activities are being organised to promote sustainable and safe travel across France.

For example, there are a number of family-friendly cycling initiatives already planned to highlight the amazing network of cycle paths across the country. To find out what's happening near you, keep an eye on this list on the Association Française pour le développement des Véloroutes et Voies Vertes website.

In addition, this site (English) and this site (French) provide more information on the week in general, as well as downloadable resources to help promote your own ideas.

One initiative worth looking at is the public transport day on September 17, when there are lots of regional discounts and offers on public transport.

September is a great time to cycle in France – the weather is much milder than in July and August, and it's also much less crowded. If you need help planning a French cycling adventure, check out our Organised Tours section for inspiration. Many of these tour companies run guided or self-guided rides along traffic-free routes and established velo routes. (If you need specific advice about what might work for you, you can use our bespoke service).  

See here for a hard copy map of all voies vertes (traffic-free greenway routes) and velo routes (shares routes) in France.

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