Sharing the road with pedestrians, other cyclists and car drivers is a must; it’s a matter of respect. It will always be hard to point out the drivers’ lack of respect toward cyclists if cyclists do not respect drivers.
Be predictable and visible
- It is important to signal your intention to stop, pass or turn while biking. Do you know your hand signals? Use your left arm to turn left or to stop and your right one to turn right.
- Don’t forget: passing are done on the left side. Always!
- If you’re in a zone shared with pedestrians, slow down.
- Stop at red lights; it’s mandatory! A red light means a stop for everyone on the road.
- Cyclists must ride in the direction of traffic.
- Cyclists must use cycling lanes; it’s part of the Highway Safety Code.
- The Highway Safety Code specifies that bikes must be equipped with the following reflectors: a white one up front, a red one on the rear, a yellow one in the front wheel, a red one in the rear wheel and yellow ones on each side on the pedals.
- If you’re biking at night, you must have an active white light mounted on the front of your bike and a red one on the rear. It’s mandatory!
- Make sure often that your helmet is well adjusted to your head and that the strap is properly tied up underneath your chin.
- The bicycle bell: the friendly cyclists’ horn, it puts a smile on people’s face, yet it is really useful. It’s not worth it not having one!
SOME IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER
In order to maintain our circuit’s quality and its users’ safety, we insist on reminding you of a few rules:
- Are not allowed on the cycling circuit: pets (even on leash), ATVs, motor-driven cycles, motorcycles, road vehicles and heavy machinery.
- It is forbidden to park alongside the Véloroute des Bleuets, even alongside sections that are on the paved roadway. The lane is for cyclist at all time.
- About forty rest areas are available alongside the Véloroute des Bleuets allowing users to rest, have a snack or enjoy the view. Be aware of the signs forbidding you access to private properties in order to avoid any conflict with the owners.
- Read the Safe cycling guide published by Quebec Ministry of transport.
Biking or… walking!
The Véloroute des Bleuets wishes to welcome all walkers who venture on the circuit’s 256 km.
In addition to welcoming cyclists of all levels and from around the world, the Véloroute des Bleuets has become over the years a great destination for walkers as well. Some of them have even walked the entire circuit! All services offered to cyclists are equally offered to walkers. Access to the circuit is free. Welcome to all!
- Bicycles, electric bikes, tricycles and scooters
- Roller skaters and pedestrians
- Electric vehicles for persons with reduced mobility
- Emergency and public safety vehicles
- Maintenance equipment
Code of good conduct
- Ride on the far right side and pass on the left
- Form a line when riding in group
- Ride at a reasonable speed and follow the rules
- Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult
- Clear the lane when stopping.
- Have a passenger seat to transport another person
- Follow the circuit signs
- Get down your bike to cross Rio Tinto Alcan’s dams
- Wearing a helmet is highly recommended
- Using the circuit while being impaired by drugs or alcohol
- Use the circuit to move farm or domestic animals
- Litter outside public trash bins
- Riding or walking with headphones on
- cause damage to the equipment
- Climb on buildings or street furniture
- Use the circuit to sale or solicitation
- Organize a protest without authorization
- Post commercial signs
Accessibility for persons with reduced mobility
Visit the website www.larouteaccessible.com to discover Kéroul’s favorite spots on the Véloroute des Bleuets.
Signs and difference of level
The Véloroute des Bleuets is the first project announced as part of the Route Verte. Its complete and most diverse cycling route offers an unforgettable biking experience on more than 256 km around Saint-Jean Lake.
DIFFERENCE OF LEVEL ON THE VÉLOROUTE
A CIRCUIT SAID TO BE EASY
100 % paved, except the Parc national de la Pointe-Taillon
46 % of the circuit is on bike path, 21 % on designated roadways and 33 % on paved shoulders
The entire circuit is qualified as easy to intermediate. There are only three gentle slope of 9 % or more.
The kilometre markers can help you plan your rides and locate yourself on the maps.
The markers’ numbers start and end in Sainte-Monique-de-Honfleur, for it is there in 1998 that the ground was broken for the Véloroute des Bleuets.
35 REST AREAS for Cyclists
There are 35 free rest areas all along the circuit which are well indicated.
These areas are easy to find when referring to the kilometres markers. You’ll find picnic tables, trash bins and bike racks.
Paved with asphalt, reserved exclusively for Véloroute users and independent from traffic lanes.
PATH ON PAVED SHOULDERS
Widening of 1,5 to 1,7 metre on each side of the road.
PATH ON DESIGNATED ROADWAYS
Path on a street or road with low traffic, officially recognized as cycling lane without corridors reserved for cyclists and, but with proper signs reminding drivers of the presence of cyclists.
PATH ON STONE SCREENING
Firmly compacted surface, reserved exclusively for Véloroute users and independent from traffic lanes.
Waymarked cycling circuit linking Quebec’s most beautiful regions through paved paths (asphalt or stone screening), designated roadways and paved shoulders. Visit www.routeverte.com.
ASSOCIATED PATH AND CIRCUIT
Associated cycling path and circuit, built and maintained in collaboration with the Véloroute des Bleuets.
Cycling circuit of the Parc national de la Pointe-Taillon
Waymarked circuit on stone screening surface and reserved exclusively for the park’s clientele (fee-charging). Maintained by Parcs Québec.
Cycling circuit created and maintained by the municipalities through which the paths run.
SIGNS AND MARKERS
There are different traffic and commercial signs along the cycling circuit.
|When cyclists see this marker, it means they’re riding on the 256 km of the Véloroute des Bleuets.|
If they see this other marker, then they are on the Route Verte circuit.
|With one of these signs, they will be able to find the services offered along the circuit.|
In each of the 16 municipalities and in the Montagnais community around the lake, cyclists will encounter these information signs. They display historical facts about the municipality they’re going through, the Véloroute partners as well as their location along the circuit.
This sign displays the Véloroute des Bleuets Code of Ethics.