The Tour de France probably has the best venues of all sports competitions. The race, which is held out in the open and crosses towns, cities, plains and mountains, offers a plethora of landscapes that show the outstanding beauty of the locations it visits.

Cette situation extraordinaire lui crée des devoirs et notamment celui de respecter et de protéger son décor. C’est tout le sens de l’engagement du Tour de France dans des actions qui visent à nettoyer, à trier, à recycler les déchets mais également à promouvoir la biodiversité des territoires.

Promoting and protecting biodiversity

“Natura 2000 Zones”: each year, in collaboration with the Biotope consultancy, the Tour de France carries out an assessment of its impact on the Natura 2000 Zones through which it passes. 89 sites will be visited by the Tour de France in 2017 and specific measures have been taken for each one (restriction of helicopter flights, Publicity Caravan without sound, etc.).

Signs are put in places at the edge of sensitive zones in order to make the public aware.

A partnership with the French Federation of National Natural Parks was signed in 2017 in order to promote the 9 natural parks through which the Tour de France will cross this year.

The French Museum of Natural History

“The Tour de France of Biodiversity”: the Tour de France, France Télévisions and the French Museum of Natural History have joined forces for the fifth year to promote the biodiversity of France’s regions to the spectators and viewers, with a daily broadcast of a short feature concerning the remarkable sites encountered by the riders, on France Télévisions at the start of each live broadcast. The Museum has published a charter of good conduct which the Tour de France will be promoting. Bernard Hinault, nicknamed “the badger”, was the ambassador for this initiative before retiring. This year, the men and women who manage these areas of natural heritage will be conveying this message.

The biodiversity charter:

10 public-spirited actions for nature : all together, cyclists, the public and organisers

Making the race a great success!

The waste charter

The riders: two clearly marked waste collection zones will be set up and cleaned by the organisers (in particular close to refreshment zones or at the foot of the last climb of the day).

Going paperless: the use of paper is increasingly limited. Instead documents are sent electronically.

New in 2016: 100 recyclable bags.

Reducing the environmental footprint

Transport: measures such as gradual reduction in the number of vehicles, use of alternative transport means (shuttle buses, chair lifts, etc.), encouragement of car sharing, and restricting speed limits to 80 kmph on the entire route of Le Tour will all be renewed in 2017.

For all drivers using the race route, we have organised training courses for eco-driving methods and we conduct sessions to help raise awareness of other drivers (publicity caravan, media, etc.).

In the mountains, we favour access by cable car whenever it is possible.

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