Voie Vert / Cycling Lanes Le Bourg d’Oisans – Allemont
Voie Vert Le Bourg d’Oisans – Allemont
With the days drawing in and the freezing level starting to creeping down the mountain, the end of the 2018 road cycling and mountain bike season upon us. So lets take a quick look at an exciting new cycling and mountain bike project for 2019.
During this Summer and Autumn, there has been a hive of construction on various trails around Le Bourg d’Oisans, Allemont and the Veneon valley. Here they have been building a network of paved cycling roads or “Voie Verte” where motorized vehicles are prohibited. The new road cycling and mountain bike friendly roads currently link from Allemont, through Le Bourg d’Oisans and up into the Veneon Vallley in the direction of Venosc. The project will in time also link down the valley towards Vizille and Grenoble. The paved roads provide a safe way for cyclists to get around the valley whilst totally avoiding cars on the busy main roads. They also take you through some of the regions most beautiful valley regions.
The new paved roads appear to be most popular with families, which will hopefully provide a real boost for tourism in the region. When trying out the new roads it is possible to see groups of families safely riding between Bourg d’Oisans and Allemont, a route that was only previously possible via a very busy road, or via a gravel track.
There are of course mixed feeling about the roads. The idea of laying tarmac over formerly popular walking, hiking and mountain bike trails is unpopular with many. It is seen by some as an urbanization of the country. I do understand these concerns and certainly hope that the local authorities don’t go too crazy and leave the majority of the countryside in its natural state. Even better throw some money at developing some new Mountain Bike trails. However from the limited time that these roads have been in place, I have already witnessed the range of people using them and enjoying the local nature. From families with young children, to runners, skate boarders, E-Bike riders, mountain bikers and of course road cyclists keen to avoid the busy roads.
What ever your opinion of these new cycling lanes is, there is no doubt that they will keep people safer and perhaps keep the number of cyclists of the busiest local roads.