Direct link to these pages: www.pistescyclables.lu or www.velospisten.lu
In 1999 the Luxemburgish Chamber of Deputies adopted a law to create a National Network of Cycle Routes, consisting of 23 individual routes. These cycles routes criss cross the whole country, including major cities, tourist and historical sites. The length of cycle routes to be developed will total almost 950km, however for the moment only 600km have been put into public use.
The majority of the cycle routes run along a separate path and independently from the roads, however some section of roads have to be used. The first cycle routes were constructed in 70’s, mainly as hiking trail, and where afterwards broadened and tarmacked. Many abandoned stretches of narrow-gauge railway track were transformed into cycle routes. At some places the remains of the railways can still be seen (i.e. signal box, railroad stations, rails and buffer).Good examples of these are the PC12 between Linger and Colmar-Berg and the PC2 situated between Luxemburg and Echternach.
Many municipalities have created there own local cycle paths which link in and helped to complete the national network.
Most of the existing cycle routes are indicated by either the road panel D4 or the C,2 “excepté cycles??. The first panels only indicated the name of the cycle road, yet since 2004 city names and distance indications were added. In 2006 new traffic signs were installed in Echternach (PC2) and since then more and more parts of the cycle roads are equipped with these new look signs.
The Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg has a very undulating and hilly relief, with the lowest point located in Wasserbillig (PC3) at 132m above sea level and the highest point at 559m at "Buurgplatz" next to Huldange (PC21). When route planning it is best to bear in mind the altimeter annexe , which is indicated for each route, and adapt for more time needed for short but very steep ascents.
The Highway Code does not make the wearing of an approved helmet obligatory, however for your own personal safety it is recommended to wear one at all times.
At road junctions cyclists should abide by the rules for all road users , ie motor vehicles. To obtain the right to cross the road at pedestrians’ crossing, cyclists must dismount the bicycle and walk across.
Drivers and cyclists both have a right to use the roads, and both share a responsibility to understand and respect each other's needs. Drivers and cyclists are therefore expected to obey the rules of the road.
Many of Luxemburg’s Cycle Routes are also used by agricultural machinery which have equal rights of usage, therefore please meet them with respect.
Main roads (i.e. National roads (N) indicated in red ) bear very heavy traffic loads. Thus it is strongly recommended to avoid these roads, e.g. .The complete length of N1 to N7 . Use alternative minor roads (i.e. chemins repris (CR) identified in yellow and local roads).
All Luxemburg’s existing cycle routes can be located on one map with a altitude profile download (Legend in French). Additional information about connections to public transport and maps of trails can be found at www.mobiliteit.lu and www.act.etat.lu.
PC = Cycle route (piste cyclable)
N = National road
CR = Road (chemin repris)
A = Motorway (autoroute)
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