While I was confining myself this year, the local government of Uzès, north of Nimes, appears to have been busy building a new voie verte (cycling path / greenway in French) that will be a welcome addition to the neighborhood. This one – like most of the others I’ve been on in France – is built over an old railway, but more importantly, it follows a National Route. Riding on this fast road is fine for a road bike (there’s a big shoulder), but for families and leisure cyclists, it’s probably not the best choice. There is a series of small roads on the other side of the National that works fine, but the voie verte is just that much easier to follow.
And this path leads to the UNESCO Site below, so there’s a good reason to hop on it.
I’m not a big fan of greenways in general, but that’s only because, for the moment at least, I’m a ‘roadie’ and I find these things far more dangerous for me and those around me than a normal road in France. At least we don’t get yelled at here (yet) for using the road instead of the path if it’s available. I’ve heard that this can be the case in some other countries.
But a safe, car-free cycling path is nearly always a good idea. Here’s my review of the newest one in Le Sud. Weirdly, YouTube has decided that videos of cycling paths are not for viewers under 18 years old. Click at your own risk!