The Tour de France guarantees the conservation of its natural open-air stage through actions in favour of environmental protection and the promotion of bicycles as a green means of transportation.

Protecting the environment has been a major focus of the Tour de France for several years. A plethora of actions fuel its responsible commitment as it endeavours to fulfil the exemplary role that comes with being a leading event on the international sports scene.

  • 100,000 rubbish bags made from recycled materials are handed out in stage towns and cities;
  • 9 coordinators assist host local authorities, Tour support personnel, riders and members of the public in sorting waste before and during the event. A specific "It's my Tour, I'm sorting" charter and training sessions have been developed for the occasion;
  • 1 environmental vehicle raises awareness about good practices among the public;
  • 63 waste collection areas for riders (3 in each stage) are marked out and cleaned up by the organisers
© PAULINE BALLET
© PAULINE BALLET

Protecting the environment and safeguarding biodiversity are major issues for the organisers. The Biotope consultant firm has been supporting the design of the Tour since 2011 by assessing the impact of the race on the Natura 2000 European network of special nature protection areas.

The 82 areas featuring on the course of the 2019 edition will be carefully studied to determine what measures should be taken to keep them pristine.

The "Tour de France of Biodiversity" is a joint project by the Tour de France, France Télévisions and the National Museum of Natural History to promote the biodiversity of French regions among the public. A 1′30″ segment on the special areas crossed by the peloton is broadcast at the start of the coverage of each stage. Furthermore, the Museum publishes a charter of good behaviour and the Tour de France promotes it.

All together, cyclists, the public and organisers to make the race a huge success!

1.- Following the rules concerning protected natural areas
2.- Admiring wild animals and plants without disturbing them
3.- Refraining from parking in natural areas
4.- Throwing paper and litter away in the designated places
5.- Lighting no fires at all
6.- Using public transportation whenever possible
7.- Keeping our roads clean and free of paint
8.- Keeping a close eye on pets
9.- Finding out more about the natural areas crossed by the race
10.- Encouraging a sporting spirit and the riders!

The gradual decrease in the number of vehicles and the promotion of alternative means of transportation (shuttle service) will continue in 2019.

In the mountains, the Tour de France encourages people to use gondolas and ski lifts whenever possible.

The Tour de France organises training courses on environmentally responsible driving for all its drivers in the race convoy, as well as awareness-raising sessions for all other drivers (caravan, media).

The 2019 Tour of France will let you to go through 8 of the 54 French natural regional Parks. Like a patchwork of the French landscapes, these parks are on one hand wild and beautiful sceneries of nature, but on the second hand are also habited areas. All of this lives through its cultural, economic and patrimonial treasures.

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