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It's a sport and a means of transportation. Biking in Nice is increasingly popular among locals desperate to avoid Nice traffic and also get a bit of exercise. For the last few years, local authorities have been busy building and extending bike lanes to encourage this environmentally sane mode of transport.
The implementation of the popular velo bleu bike rental program has facilitated the project, making it easier than ever to bike around Nice and even bike as far as west as Cagnes-sur-Mer. The entire length of the Promenade des Anglais from the Port to the airport has bike lanes; it makes a very nice ride.
Here is a map of the bike lanes in Nice. Click to download the full map in pdf format.
Although wearing a helmet is not obligatory, it's certainly advisable. On interior roads, there's obviously a danger from traffic and from passengers opening car doors. Be alert when biking the Promenade des Anglais. Even with the clearly marked bike lanes, pedestrians are known to dart in front of oncoming bikes. The busiest time for bikers on the Promenade is Sunday morning when bike clubs whiz down the lanes on their ultra-speedy bikes, swerving around toddlers on tricycles. Bicycle theft is a major problem. Use a hefty lock (provided with the velo bleu or bike rental) and try to park in a busy, well-lighted place.
Respect traffic lights. Note that on the Promenade there are traffic lights for bikes.
On sidewalks or pedestrian streets, put a foot on the ground.
Do not ride along or near the tram tracks.
Pedestrians have the right of way at intersections.
On narrow streets where a car cannot safely pass you, ride in the middle of the road.
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