Cycling in France and Road Signs
Joining us on our fantastic cycling holidays in France or just driving through France on holiday, these french road signs are really important!
Cycling in France and the important French road signs!
Most road signs are the same across Europe, but France does have some that are peculiar to France. If you are cycling in France these are some of the important ones you will need to understand.
Here’s an easy one. It’s the standard one way street sign, but the text underneath is letting you know that, if cycling, you can ignore the one way restriction. You’ll see this in many towns. In fact, it is law (but not everyone in France realises) that if you are in a 20kph area then cyclists can go up all one-way streets in the wrong direction – ye ha!
You will see this sign a lot on those long straight main roads here in France. It means you have priority on this road, which is obvious isn’t it?
Well, its not always that obvious. And not knowing can lead to some pretty hair-raising incidents!
So, this sign will mean that you no longer have priority on the road – and sometimes when you are cycling along you would wonder, well why would that be??
This is where the fun can start!
And then you’ll approach one of these little beauties. Crossroad, junction? Well sort of – it actually means that at the next junction, (officially) everybody has equal priority – but that doesn’t reflect the reality, In France, if it’s all a little confusing then you always give way to the right – the infamous ‘priorite a droit’. So treat this as a give way to the right sign!
Anyone who says this isn’t a confusing and dangerous situation is wrong. There are special signs even for the locals – you will sometimes see these signs on an entrance to a town – spelling out in BIG letters that priority a droit (give way to the right) is in action.
So, if you’re ever enjoying your cycling in France and are cut up by someone coming out of a side road from the right —- before you throw your bike at them and start shouting, just make sure you had priority in the first place!