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Go on an outing, just wander around, stop, explore, set off again - do what you fancy at your own pace - this is the idea behind the Tour de Bourgogne à vélo with its 800 km of signposted routes for short or long distance cyclists. It is divided into 5 main routes combining "Voies vertes" and dedicated cycle tracks, often running on canal towpaths, along disused railway lines, even through vineyards. With a surprise at (almost) every kilometre: castle or château, chapel, inn, etc. All along the route there are gîtes, guesthouses (B&B), stop-over accommodation, places to take a break, etc.

Glossary

A ‘Véloroute’ is a secure, sign-posted cycle track which uses different types of road/path: ‘Voies vertes’ (see below), cycle paths, cycle lanes and, in some cases, little country roads. It avoids steep ascents and descents.

A ‘Voie verte’ (literally ‘green road’) is reserved for non-motorised traffic: walking/hiking, cycling, roller skating, wheelchairs. Vehicles for canal maintenance however are allowed to drive along towpaths.

Worth knowing:

High-visibility jacket:
"At night or on days with poor visibility, all cyclists and cycle passengers, outside built-up areas, must wear a regulation high-visibility jacket, as described in the official decree of the Ministry of Transport."

Helmet:
Wearing a cycle helmet is not compulsory but is strongly recommended, especially for children and sports cyclists.