The regulations are similar to those for Great Britain, except of course that you cycle on the right hand side of the road. You must use cycle lanes and paths whenever available. Do take out adequate insurance cover for your bicycles.

Cycle Routes

French towns are actively promoting the use of bicycles. Already Rennes, Strasbourg and Nantes have increased the number of cycle paths, created or equipped parking space for bicycles as well as cycle shelters next to bus shelters.

Cycle Hire

Most campsites hire out cycles. Cycles are usually also available for hire at French railway stations.

Tour de France

This famous race takes a different route each year. It is passionately followed by thousands of French cycling fans and an increasing number of British enthousiasts. For details of this year’s race follow this link.


For any further information, please contact:
The Touring Dept. Cyclists Touring Club,
Parklands, Railton Road, Guildford GU2 9JX
Tel: 0844 7368450 email: [email protected]