Quimper includes several features to ensure safe and easy travel around the city by bike.
80km of bike-friendly routes are in place throughout the city, including cycle lanes and tracks, mixed bus and cycle lanes, 30kmph zones and pedestrian areas. This network grows each year and the objective is to achieve 200km of safe lanes.
In Quimper the cycle lanes are marked out at the side of the road by an intermittent white line. Cyclists must stay in lane.
Route connections are recommended when changing between 2 cycle lanes
These consist of intersections where the traffic has been moderated to allow greater access via the slope of the road.
Many roads as well as certain pavements allow for both pedestrians and cyclists.
Pedestrians always have the right of way. Cyclists must adapt their behaviour in favour of pedestrians. They should not hesitate to put their feet down on the ground, or to ring a bell to alert others to their presence.
At crossroads cyclists must use the pedestrian crossings marked by bike symbols, respecting the road markings. These recommendations are also valid for pedestrian roads where cycling is allowed.
Dual flow traffic favours cycle use with shorter and more direct journeys, often avoiding intersections. Thanks to the continuity of the road system the city is now more accessible to cyclists.
It is possible for cyclists to turn right, or to go straight on whilst the lights are red. They must however give priority to cars and pedestrians whilst the lights are green. The red light therefore becomes a "give way" for cyclists.
The slipway is a purpose built space in front of the car lane at traffic lights.
It allows cyclists to turn left with greater ease by placing themselves in front of the cars at the traffic lights.
600 bicycle parking spaces are spread across the city; these are made of U shaped arches fixed upside-down to the ground, allowing bikes to be attached to both sides.
The VéloQub is a system of long-term rental aimed at those who wish to discover, or rediscover, bicycles as a mode of urban transport.
Compulsory equipment needed for cycling on the road:
Children under 5 years old can be transported on a bike seat with foot rests and safety straps.
Correctly maintain your bicycle: brakes, tyres, chain and lights should be regularly checked.