Véloroutes and Greenways
Greenways (Voies Vertes)
Greenways are paths reserved for non-motorized traffic such as cyclists, pedestrians, roller-skaters and people with reduced mobility. They're set up along disused railway lines, towpaths beside rivers and canals, in forests and urban parks, and along stretches of coastline.
Greenways are well suited to family outings.
Along the Veloscenic, at present you'll find greenways linking Paris to Massy, Condé-sur-Huisne to Alençon, and Domfront to the Bay of the Mont St-Michel, plus a greenway around Chartres.
These are medium- to long-distance cycling routes specially set up for tourists. They're safe and well signposted, linking towns and regions.
Véloroutes follow greenways and cycle tracks as far as possible, plus roads with light traffic.
Whereas greenways are generally accessible to all, tackling a Véloroute in its entirety is only for experienced cyclists.
The Veloscenic is also known as French Véloroute Nationale no.40.
The Veloscenic is signposted* using the official signage of the French national cycling routes.
Here is the type of sign to look out for:
*at time of writing, the stretches between Massy and Epernon and Alençon and Domfront were awaiting signposting.