Greenway or Véloroute?

Velodyssey uses different types of marked lanes from Roscoff to Hendaye: cycle lanes, greenways, cycle trails and other quiet roads. But what exactly are these? Here are some useful definitions.

Greenways

These are lanes reserved for non-motorised traffic, designated for pedestrians, cyclists, rollerskaters and people of reduced mobility. They have been constructed on canal and riverbank towpaths, former steam-train tracks, sea-front promenades, forest tracks or in city parks.

Greenways are adapted for family walks.

 

Véloroute

This is a scenic cycle route, medium or long in length, signposted and secure, linking up towns and the regions between them.  A Véloroute uses quiet minor roads and (as much as possible) cycle paths and other greenways.

Unlike greenways, Véloroutes are entirely designed for experienced cyclists because some sections on roads require high levels of vigilance.

The French Velodyssey is the longest open Véloroute in France.