N°3: Bike and pedestrian safety tips
There is a code to follow when cycling and driving.
A bike is just like a car, there are certain rules, that need to be respected. In the Vendée, our priority is your security. Nevertheless, there are certain golden rules that should be noted.
- Be particularly vigilant and respect road signposts when crossing main roads as well as the highway code in general.
- Parents should pay special attention to their children, especially near main crossroads or on sloping paths.
- Cycle routes can also be used by pedestrians, roller blade users, people with little training or experienced cyclists. We must therefore be careful to respect all users and adapt our speed accordingly.
- Courtesy remains the basic rule when using and sharing the Vendée cycling trails.
- Respect the environment, as some natural areas can be fragile. So, stay on the marked trails.
- A prepared bike ride is the guarantee for a successful cycling experience!
A well-equipped bike
To avoid unpleasant surprises:
- Choose a bike adapted and suitable for long journeys (e.g.: VTC), well-equipped (saddlebags, map holder or handlebar bag) and of course comfortable.
- Do not leave without a pump and a puncture repair kit, you never know when you might need them.
- Provide helmets, they are mandatory for children under the age of 12.
- Remember to use a lock when stopping for visits.
- Adjust your bike to fit (seat height, handlebars...) and inflate your tires, well before you leave, a good position will delay fatigue and avoid soreness!
- And don’t forget to check that your brakes work!
What to bring for a well-prepared trip?
See and be seen – it is very important to be seen by others. Use lights or flashlight. Remember to wear light coloured clothing, or a yellow fluorescent vest, or reflective stripe arm bands. Whether riding in the daytime, in bad weather, at dawn or dusk.
Wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet.
- Protect yourself from the sun: hat, cap, sunglasses, sunscreen... especially when cycling in the Marais poitevin.
- Have warmer clothing or rain gear in case of cold or bad weather.
- Choose a path adapted to your physical abilities and that of your children. Consider the details on the difficulty level of the route as well as the type of facilities (lane reserved for bicycles or not).
- Do not forget to bring a bottle of water and a snack or two!