The 14 km long Vigne á Vélo is a great connecting cycleway running south of the EV8 at Draguignan. Until you reach Les Arcs, it is almost completely free of motor traffic. It is a signed route. However, we missed badly-placed signage a few times.
How can cyclists ride into and out of Draguignan safely (avoiding busy roads) and comfortably (avoiding steep hills)? It is a major challenge to find a relatively quiet cycle route. We’ve looked at the alternatives. Here is our preferred option.
If you are into railway architecture, this is a route for you. It includes some beautiful single-arch bridges over the cycleway, three recently-surfaced tunnels, and a curious train halt looking more like a bus stop at Sauveclare.
This 14 kilometre stretch was officially opened in 2017. It follows the old railway line for the whole route. Consequently gradients are mostly gentle. There are few cars until Lorgues, where there is significant residential traffic.
Just shy of 9 kilometres, this stretch is nearing completion. Gentle gradients along much of the way. There is one missing bridge over the main road, but crossing is easy. Plus a surprise way of separating cyclists from the Salernes by-pass.
This 17 km stretch will be the next to be officially opened, hopefully in 2022. It is largely ready for use, with just two short stretches of on-road cycling required. Mostly gentle elevations, with just one series of three steeper climbs.