The work required to complete the whole ViaRhôna route to the Mediterranean needs few more development, but right now, experienced cyclists can tackle the provisional itinerary. For gentler cycling, try out the many stages already in place that are accessible to all, taking you along greenways and cycle tracks beside the Rhône.
Signposting and state of the itinerary
ViaRhôna is finished at 87% and the completion of the whole route is planned for 2020. The ViaRhôna logo accompanied with its EuroVelo ID number 17 are on the panels.
The itinerary is mainly developped on designated lanes for non-motorized vehicles (54%).
Be careful between Lyon and Givors : a temporary route has been implemented (with signposting) but it can be difficult for beginners / families. The train (TER) is strongly advised between Givors and Lyon.
Services and accomodations "Accueil Vélo" ("Cyclists Welcome") on The Vélodyssée
Nearly 130 accomodations (campings, hotels, lodges, guest houses) "Accueil Vélo" ("Cyclists Welcome") are located at less than 5km away from the itinerary and they guarantee quality services for cyclists such as a closed garage for example. We strongly advise to book your accomodations in advance (including campings), especially in touristic areas.
Trains and public transports alongside ViaRhôna
The itinerary is well served with trains, although you need to be careful during peak periods when bicycle transports can become complicated in TER.
- TER railway Genève - Lyon (see schedule) :
Stop at : Seyssel, Culoz, Ambérieu
- TER railway Lyon - Givors - St-Etienne (see schedule)
- TER railway Marseille - Avignon - Valence - Lyon (see schedule)
Long time parkings on the itinerary
A foretaste of ViaRhôna :
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