Why we didn't get lost

August 2, 2016

We are just back from four enjoyable days cycling in France. We are Sunday cyclists and potter along at our own pace, chatting, stopping to admire views whenever we need a rest and searching out refreshments whenever possible. This means map reading is far down the list of things that need our attention.


So the Avenue Verte in France is just perfect. Starting from the ferry at Dieppe, signage will take you the whole way to Paris (we only went 50 miles along the route and then turned back on ourselves). They have chosen bright colours to sign the route which makes it really clear. Just a glance tells you, you are heading in the right direction. Most of the route is on an old railway line so at the junctions the message is reinforced and traffic crossing that way also have clear signs so they know to slow down and watch out for cyclists.


Where the route moves onto quiet back roads the signs are smaller but at every junction. Occasionally you have to search out the sign which may got a bit overgrown, but in general, with the distinct logo we easily followed the route.


Signposting routes can be difficult and getting it right makes all the difference between people loving the amenity you are offering and rushing to criticise it on TripAdvisor. That being said there are a few people on TripAdvisor who say the signage could be better but short of a yellow brick road the whole way I don't think they could have done a better job!



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