A length of 815 kilometres, a starting point located at Lake Geneva and the Mediterranean Sea as its arrival, the ViaRhôna cycle route offers cyclists a diversity of exceptional landscapes for the majority being close to the Rhône, guiding the greenways and shared lanes of this route. A real discovery of Alpine panoramas, passing by the banks of the river and the vineyards that line it, without forgetting the discovery of numerous villages in south-eastern France.
In addition to cycling, the ViaRhôna is a wonderful opportunity to discover and enjoy the many riches of the areas it passes through at your own pace. Gastronomy, oenology, culture, heritage and nature will be the main companions of curious tourists. For more information: https://www.viarhona.com/
A mobility offer for all
The ViaRhôna allows anyone to travel all or part of the route between Lake Geneva and the Mediterranean Sea, by bike.
From this spring, this will now be possible on sections 9 and 13 for people with reduced mobility, since a call for projects from the Auvergne Rhône Alpes region was won by Benur. We will therefore propose an innovative service offer for any person with reduced mobility in order to allow them to fully enjoy these sections of the ViaRhôna and the tourist attractions of the territory. The next objective is to develop Benur on all the sections.
Section 9, Jons-Lyon
This stage of ViaRhôna cleverly plays with the urbanised environment of Greater Lyon to link the parks and water bodies of the agglomeration, Le Grand Large and Miribel-Jonage. It is then a superb urban bike ride along the banks of the Rhône. At the confluence with the Saône, here is a new district with innovative architecture, symbolised by the Musée des Confluences which opened on 20 December 2014.
There were several reasons for this choice: its accessibility, a 26.5 km circuit and an arrival in the heart of Lyon, a city with many tourist assets and benefiting from a strong, media-friendly image, with multiple communication channels on which we will be able to rely to promote the project.
Tourist attractions: The Grand Parc de Miribel-Jonage, Lyon: UNESCO World Heritage, the canal flea market…
Section 13, Tournon-Valence
Leaving the Pays du Tournonais from the southern dike of Tournon-Sur-Rhône, the ViaRhôna route threads its way to Glun. You will discover the surprising lône that surrounds La Roche-de-Glun and a biodiversity characteristic will seduce the most demanding. The arrival in Valence with its colourful markets, gardens, the vitality of its neighbourhoods and its welcoming pedestrian streets, announces Provence.
This second area was also chosen because of its proximity to Lyon (45 minutes to the south), its accessibility, a short distance of 23 km. The cycle path runs alongside the Rhône and offers a strong natural area to be developed.
Tourist attractions: Tain-l’Hermitage: Valrhona, Cité du Chocolat, Tournon-sur-Rhône, La Roche-de-Glun: leisure centre, Valence: Ville d’art et d’histoire – Anne-Sophie Pic – Three-star Michelin gastronomic restaurant, Le port de l’Epervière.
Committed financial partners
The Benur – ViaRhôna experiment is part of the ERDF “Europe is committed” programme, with management delegated to the Auvergne Rhône-Alpes region. The Rhône direccte as well as the Compagnie Nationale du Rhône (CNR) have also committed themselves alongside Benur for a more inclusive mobility! A fine demonstration that the public and private sectors can collaborate effectively on strong societal issues.