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Security and rules

STAYING SAFE

Sharing pathways and roads with pedestrians, other cyclists and motor vehicles remains unavoidable. Please be respectful of others. We must all do our part to stay safe.

BE PREPARED, BE VISIBLE

  • Signal your intention to stop, to pass or to turn. Do you know your hand signals? (Your left arm indicates a left turn or a stop, your right arm indicates a right turn).

  • Pass always to the left.

  • Sharing the pathway with a pedestrian, means moderate your speed and slow down.

  • Stopping at red lights is mandatory for everyone.

  • Cyclists must always follow the flow of traffic.

  • Cyclists must always ride on indicated and designated cycle pathways as per the Road Safety Code.

  • The Road Safety Code indicates that all bicycles must have the following reflectors: a white reflector on the front, a red reflector on the back, a yellow reflector on the spokes of the front wheel, a red reflector on the spokes of the rear wheel as well as a yellow reflector on each side (front and back ) of both pedals.

  • For night time cycling it is mandatory that your bicycle is actively lit with a white light in the front and a red light in the back.

  • Select a well-fitting cycling helmet and adjust the chin straps frequently.

  • The bicycle bell is a friendly and useful alert to on-coming cycle traffic.

A FEW SIMPLE BUT IMPORTANT RULES TO REMEMBER

In order to safeguard the quality of our pathways and ensure the safety of our users we would like to remind you of a few simple rules to follow.

  • It is strictly forbidden to circulate on the cycle pathways with animals (even if leashed), all terrain vehicles (ATVs), motorised bicycles, motorcycles, motor vehicles or heavy machinery.

  • It is forbidden to park your motor vehicle along the Véloroute des Bleuets, even though sections may be on the paved shoulder of the pathway. The lanes must remain open at all times for cyclists.

  • Approximately forty fully serviced cycle rest areas are available along the Véloroute des Bleuets for cyclists to enjoy a rest, a picnic, or our spectacular scenery. Please be respectful and mindful of obeying posted signage of personal private property.

  • For more information please consult the Ministère des transports du Québec cycle safety guide.

ELECTRIC ASSISTED BICYCLE/ E-BIKE

Electric assisted bicycles or E-bikes are permitted on the Véloroute des Bleuets only if they possess the following characteristics:

  • Must have handlebars and are equipped with pedals.

  • Is designed to move with a maximum of three wheels on the ground.

  • Can move forward under normal human pedalling ability.

  • Is equipped with an electric motor (not gas) of 500 watts or less.

ON BIKE OR ON FOOT

The Véloroute des Bleuets welcomes all pedestrians and hikers seeking a unique adventure along its 256 kilometer of pathways.

In addition to welcoming cyclists of all levels and abilities, the Véloroute des Bleuets has attracted experienced hikers from every corner of the globe offering them a challenge of completing the entire circuit. All amenities and services offered to cyclists are likewise offered to hikers. Access to the pathway is free of charge. We welcome you all!

AUTHORISED USERS OF PATHWAYS

  • Bicycles, electric bicycles, tricycles and kick scooters

  • Rollerbladers and pedestrians

  • Electric vehicles for persons with disabilities

  • Emergency vehicles and public safety vehicles

  • Maintenance equipment

PATHWAY CODE OF CONDUCT

  • Circulate on the extreme right of the pathway and pass to the left side.

  • Circulate in a single file when travelling in a group.

  • Circulate at a reasonable speed and avoid dangerous manoeuvres.

  • An adult must accompany a child under the age of 12 years.

  • Move off the cycle pathway when stopped.

  • Use a passenger seat when transporting another person.

  • Respect the posted signs along the pathways.

  • Dismount from your bicycle when crossing a dam (the Rio Tinto Alcan dam).

  • Wearing a cycling helmet is strongly recommended.

PROHIBITED ACTIONS

  • Do not ride while impaired.

  • Domestic and farm animals are prohibited for circulating on the pathways.

  • Do not litter. Please use identified garbage cans along the way.

  • Do not ride with earphones or headsets.

  • Do not damage equipment or climb on structures or buildings.

  • Do not sell, solicit or hold a demonstration.

  • Do not post commercial signs or advertising.

ACCESSIBILITY FOR PERSONS WITH PHYSICAL DISABILITIES

Please consult the following web site www.larouteaccessible.com for Kéroul’s suggested access points along the Véloroute des Bleuets.

“La Véloroute des Bleuets” was the first project announced within the context of “La Route Verte”. With its diverse and complete 256 km route around Lac-Saint-Jean, its pathways provide a memorable and unique cycling experience.

ELEVATION GAIN OF LA VÉLOROUTE

COMPONENTS OF AN EASY CIRCUIT :

  • 100% asphalt surface, except the Parc National de la Pointe-Taillon.

  • 46% of the circuit is on the bicycle pathway, 21% on a designated shoulder, 33% on a paved shoulder.

  • The entire pathway is designated as easy to intermediate.

  • There are only three short hills with a slope of 9+%.

KILOMETER MARKERS

Kilometer markers are reference points for calculating your trip and to situate yourself on your map. The start and end point is at Sainte-Monique-de-Honfleur honoring the ground breaking of the route in 1998.

35 CYCLE REST AREAS

There are 35 cycle rest areas, easily identified by a pictogram, with the aid of the kilometer markers. Fully serviced they provide picnic areas, garbage disposal, and bicycle stands.

ROADWAY SURFACES

ASPHALT PATHWAY

An asphalt surface maintained and reserved exclusively for users of the Véloroute des Bleuets. It is independent of roadway traffic.

PATHWAY ON AN ASPHALT SHOULDER

A 1.5 - 1.7meter band located on each side of a motor roadway.

PATHWAY ON A DESIGNATED SHOULDER

A designated road or route with little to no motor vehicle traffic officially recognized as a cycling pathway, without cycling corridors. Motorists are alerted to the presence of cyclists by appropriate road signage.

PATHWAY ON COMPACTED CRUSH STONE

A well-compacted and maintained surface reserved exclusively for the Véloroute des Bleuets cyclists, independent of any traffic.

LA ROUTE VERTE

An inter-connected network of the prettiest marked cycle pathways Québec has to offer. Surface pathways vary (from asphalt to compacted crush stone), with both designated and asphalt shoulders. www.routeverte.com

OTHER CYCLE PATHWAYS AND NETWORKS MAINTAINED IN ASSOCIATION WITH THE COLLABORATION OF VELOROUTE DES BLEUETS

The cycle pathways of Parc National de la Pointe-Taillon, is a marked network of pathways on crush stone surfaces, maintained by Park officials and reserved exclusively for park visitors.

The intra-municipal network of cycle pathways is created and maintained by the different municipalities.

SIGNS AND MARKERS

A variety of different signs including commercial signs are present on the cycle pathways. As cyclists pass these markers, it confirms that they are cycling on the 256 km pathway of the Véloroute des Bleuets.

If they encounter other markers, they are cycling on La Route Verte.

In either case the cyclist will easily locate any required services along their journey.

In each of the 15 municipalities, (including the Montagnais community), surrounding Lac-Saint-Jean, cyclists will find posted panels describing the history of their location, as well as the Véloroute des Bleuets partners and their locations.