In France, to ride a bike has become more and more popular. Thus, the cities have increased the number of cycle tracks. Grenoble and La Rochelle were the first to create them.
This "new" way of travelling is the one to chose if you want to discover France and its famous places like the the Mont St. Michel, the city of Carcassonne or simply Paris in a different light. If you feel like it, you can take part in a thematic tour organised by special agencies. You will be in a small group and stop at some hostels or bed and breakfast places.
So, try it!
Some come with their own bike while others prefer to rent it. France enjoys an excellent bike-renting network. You can find in each city secondhand sellers or places where you can rent a bike for half a day, a day, a weekend or even a week. Generally, the longer you rent the bike, the cheaper it is! Nevertheless, you should foresee about € 70 for a week.
For this reason we recommend you to contact the departmental tourism committees according to the region where you are so that they provide you the information about the different rental points in the city you'll stay in: www.fncdt.net/annuaire-fncdt/liste-cdt-pro.asp It is very easy as well to buy a pre-owned bike. Small adds regarding this subject are frequent in specialized newspapers or on the Internet.
The following website can give you some ideas: www.parisvelosympa.com
In Paris, the RATP (Paris metro society) offers a service called "Roue Libre" (free wheel) for bike rental: http://www.rouelibre.fr , and in Lyon, this service is called " Vélo "v" " (Bike "v"): http://www.velov.grandlyon.com Sources:http://ca.franceguide.comwww.wikipedia.fr