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La Vélodyssée: A 1200 km long cycle route along the Atlantic coast

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Especially for families…

A get-away on bikes should always be a pleasure for the whole family, especially with young children. Here are some useful tips for getting ready for your big departure day!

How to make your cycling trips with the kids 100% enjoyable

Explain the trip to the whole family!
To make the most of your cycling adventure, every member of the family must feel involved. Your kids will love being given some sense of responsibility for the trip. Why not let them choose a particular site to visit, or decide on an itinerary…?  

bike trailer for childrenMake sure you choose easy trails
For your first family cycle rides, La Vélodyssée offers easy, child-friendly routes covering between 15 and 25 kilometres a day. Give them a try!

Cycling holidays with a very young child?
Remember to rent or buy a bike trailer (which could also be used for your luggage) or a tag-along third wheel. This is much more comfortable and a lot more fun than a baby bike seat! So your little adventurers won’t be so tired and will enjoy things more!

greenways: the best with childrenKeep to the greenways
Opt for the sections of La Vélodyssée which are reserved for non-motorised traffic and designed for pedestrians, cyclists, roller bladers and mobility-impaired travellers.  These routes follow canal and river towpaths, former railway lines, coastal walkways and forest and urban park pathways. Greenways are ideal for family cycling.

Be prepared... do you need a bike helmet or not?
Cycling holidays do need the right equipment. Before heading off, it’s vital to check the condition of your bike (tyres, brakes and lights). All cyclists, both young and old, should wear a helmet for optimum safety. This will protect your head in the event of a fall! Please note that helmets are mandatory for children under 12 years since March 2017, whether they are passengers or drivers.

Check your child’s bike
Is the bike the right size for your child? Is it in good condition?
To find a bike that can be adjusted as your child grows, check out bike sales fairs or classified ads websites!

bike and beach in the LandesDon’t forget your first aid kit and sun cream!
Be sure to keep a well-stocked first aid kit in one of your saddlebags. Sun cream and mosquito repellent will be your greatest allies once you take to the saddle!

Remember the road safety rules
The Highway Code also applies to bikes. Whatever the distance, it’s important to remind your little ones of road safety rules so that dangerous situations can be avoided: cycle on the right, keep looking straight ahead, stop before crossing a road… Read more 

Bring plenty of snacks! And drink lots of water!
Make sure you bring plenty of snacks to boost both energy and morale! Drinking lots of water to keep hydrated is also vital –especially as cycling means riding in the sunshine for a long part of the day! 

visit heritage and natural sites!Take regular breaks
Don’t hesitate to take a break so that you can relax and explore the sights, or go for a swim at the lakes or seaside. There are countless spots for this all along the Vélodyssée route! 

Check the weather forecast
The success of your holiday can depend a great deal on the weather. You’ll find the Météo France weather forecast web site and application particularly useful.

Improvise and enjoy!
With ‘slow travel’ you don’t need to plan anything except the route. The main thing is enjoy the countryside and let yourself go and explore….

La Vélodyssée in 3 short videos!