Toulouse is not the most bike friendly city and believe me, I already almost lost my life several times during the last years. However, there are some very nice cycling routes to enjoy the beautiful landscape around Toulouse and even ride along a Unesco World Heritage site. So get your bikes ready and have fun!
Along the Canal du Midi
You can start the cycling tour from wherever along the Canal. I normally start at the little harbour close the Grand Rond. If you ride along the Canal, you can basically go all the way down South to Carcassonne or turn around after a certain distance.
I like going all the way to Pompertuzat where you have a great view on a typical canal bridge (around 15km from Toulouse centre).
There is only one place along the Canal where you can stop for a drink and that is Ecluse de Castanet in Castanet-Tolosan. They also serve lunch (12km from Toulouse).
The Canal is great in all seasons. I personally prefer spring as it’s all nice and green, but also autumn is amazing with the changing colours of leaves.
Along the Garonne from Toulouse to Blagnac
Start your journey at the Pont Neuf and ride along Daurade, Place Saint-Pierre up to Pont des Catalans where the cycle path to Blagnac starts.
Ride all the way to the Pont de Blagnac where you cross over to turn straight right onto the path along the Garonne. After 1km you will find the Park des Ramiers.
Either stop here (8km up to here) or continue along the Garonne until you reach the Park des Quinze Sols (a mountain bike is recommended as it’s forest trails).
Forêt de Bouconne
The forest offers great cycling paths. The best however, is to take your bike there and start the track form there, as you need to go there on normal roads first. Mountain bikes are recommended.
Toulouse to La Ramée
If you want to go for a swim at La Ramée or just enjoy the lake, then cycle from the centre to Arenes and out to Lardenne (there are mostly cycle paths along the way). In Lardenne you will find signs to the Park.
La coulée verte du Touch
The Touch offres 9km of green cycling paths. It starts at the windmill in Saint Martin du Touch (close to the Purpan Carrefour) and goes all the way to Tournefeuille. You can also go all the way to La Ramée after.
Guided bike rides
The city offers guided bike rides once per month to discover the city. The next one is on 3rd June.
Enjoy the public holidays this week and have fun,