One of the highlights of visiting the lake and mountains around Annecy for a cycling trip is the 45km paved road which links Annecy to Albertville. The road starts along the banks of beautiful Lac (Lake) Annecy and largely makes use of sections disused railway. The paved road is closed entirely to motorised vehicles and creates a safe family friendly alternative to the busy roads in the area.
Those visiting the Oisans region, no doubt attempt on the Alpe d’Huez, will almost certainly have experienced the dangerous long straight road into Bourg from the Grenoble or Allemont direction. This extremely busy section of road is the main artery through the region on the way from Grenoble to Briancon and onto Italy. Things have improved slightly over the years with the creation of sections of bike lanes.
However, out on an early season mountain bike ride this morning, I was reminded of how simple a solution there is to the problem. On either side if the local river ‘La Romanche’ are raised flood barriers both with smooth gravel roads, which are already popular with mountain bikers and walkers. I would hope there would be little resistance if one of these were paved and turned into the purpose built, car free cycle path that the areas so desperately needs.
These paved roads would not only link the two major valley towns of Le Bourg d’Oisans and Allemont, but also around Lac du Verney and the lakes created from former quarries east of La Vert.
Lets hope the powers that in Bourg and Allemont be sit up and take note of the success of the cycle only roads around Annecy.