...is it the same as over here? I mean can i ride on any road except a motorway legally?
In switzerland people joke about how bad the roads are in france (in comparison)you will become truly angry about the state of our roads by comparison!
Yes with the addition of the roads described by another poster. You also need to beware of well intentioned locals who attempt to tell you that the red roads on your map are also prohibited to cyclists like the one I encountered in Lyon.Bigtallfatbloke said:...is it the same as over here? I mean can i ride on any road except a motorway legally?
redfox said:Pretty much, but be careful the occasional D (departmental) road will be for motorised traffic only (blue circular sign with a picture of a car in white). I rode on one of these by accident once and the other road users were very keen to let me know I shouldn't.
Same here, my wife and I got escorted by two motorcycle police man off a dual carriegeway.
We had gotten a bit lost and needed to cross the Viaduc du Lignon Longueur for a couple kms to get back on track. We did make it across but paid for it with a nasty climb in the midday sun afterwards.
these look useful. I couldnt find anywhere to see an example of the actual map though to get an idea of how detailed they actually are. They are certainly a lot cheaper than many other options.A good idea before for planning is get michelin *local* maps for the regions you are interested in like this one:
These will also have very basic cycle routes marked on them as well, which I'd be quite biased towards following when possible
Your local WHSmiths or Waterstones will probably have them.Bigtallfatbloke said:these look useful. I couldnt find anywhere to see an example of the actual map though to get an idea of how detailed they actually are. They are certainly a lot cheaper than many other options.
Me too - in Geneva I followed green signposts onto what looked like a dual carriageway. But after the swiss-french border, same road, but the signs were now blue!Cathryn said:I cycled on the motorway in France once...but by accident. Got escorted off by a man in a van with Dad, me and the tandem in his van!!!
I met several Brits in France who raved about the place, which I really could not understand until they eventually admitted they had never cycled anywhere else, other than England.User said:You should try Belgium or Holland... they're even better than France.
Like this (I typed 'michelin local maps' into google images). Can't see any specific cycle routes (thin red lines) here, but bear in mind you don't get them everywhere. However, I'd imagine any map / region where you do see lots of them will be a nice place to cycle.Bigtallfatbloke said:these look useful. I couldnt find anywhere to see an example of the actual map though to get an idea of how detailed they actually are. They are certainly a lot cheaper than many other options.
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