Where can you ride with a child in france?
As much as possible, plan for a marked route with a maximum of sections away from traffic. To start out, go for cycle paths, greenways, or veloroutes where you can gently teach your kid about bike touring far from traffic, which would be stressful for the whole family. How can you identify these secure routes? The organisation AF3V has an interactive map with all of the bike routes in France. All you need to imagine some initial rides of a few hours, all the way up to longer bike trips lasting a week to a month.
One of the most popular and best managed veloroutes in France crosses the country over 1200 km along the Atlantic coast. 70% of the route is on sections with separate, car-free lanes. Its name: the EuroVelo1 or Vélodyssée. Another perk of these routes: they are generally relatively flat and provide a variety of lodging options at regular intervals: campgrounds, inns, hotels, etc. Perfect for setting out as a family.
However, it's difficult to entirely escape open roads. When it's time to move through traffic, be sure you're visible by other users by having the entire family wear an approved high-visibility gilet. As much as possible, an adult should lead the way while another takes the rear, keeping the child(ren) in the middle. If needed, raise your voice to communicate short instructions, but try to use easily understandable gestures to indicate changes in direction or point out dangers. In any case, at the risk of being counterproductive, avoid drowning your offspring in a sea of instructions or constant warnings.