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!
- Respect the regulations governing protected natural areas.
- Admire the wild-life and plant-life without disturbing it.
- No parking in natural areas.
- Throw paper and litter away in the dedicated facilities.
- Do not light fires.
- Take public transport whenever possible.
- Keep our roads clean.
- Keep a close eye on your pets.
- Find out more about the natural areas the race visits.
- Encourage sportsmanship and the riders!
The waste charter
- “It’s my Tour, I’m sorting”: there will be collection, sorting and recycling of waste at all areas occupied by the Tour de France (village, technical zones, etc.), with the presence of 6 coordinators during Le Tour to assist the stage hosting towns and Le Tour support staff in respecting the instructions.
- “It’s my Tour, I’m keeping the road clean”: this operation was set up in 2005 in collaboration with the ADF (Assembly of French Departments) and the assistance of the country’s General Councils. It involves the provision of more than 20,000 garbage bags at strategic places along the route.
- “Clean gestures, clean holidays”: this operation is a country-wide initiative on beaches and at holiday destinations and will be extending its reach to waste collection on the Tour de France. 100,000 garbage bags will be supplied and distributed by the Tour de France.
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.