Yvelines lies on the western border of Île-de-France as a bridge between Paris and Normandy. Its rich heritage boasts a wealth of manors, churches and forests. 80% of its surface is covered by natural areas. From a geographical perspective, the department is a plain interspersed with pronounced valleys and crossed by the Seine and many other water courses. The beauty of its landscapes and the quality of its environment have built up its reputation.
Its strategic geographical position makes the department a major player in the Greater Paris area. Yvelines is the leading industrial department in Île-de-France and brings together numerous researchers in booming sectors, such as the automotive industry, aeronautics, aerospace and defence. To prepare for the jobs of tomorrow, the Departmental Council is encouraging sectoral diversification, as seen in ecoconstruction and the automotive industry, which are evolving towards future mobility.
Soft mobility is an integral part of eco-mobility, with cycling facilities stretching for 860 km and the development of intermodality in public transportation.
Yvelines is connected to the two main European cycle routes: the Avenue Verte between London and Paris and the Véloscénie between Paris and Mont-Saint-Michel. A comprehensive range of routes is available to cycling enthusiasts of all levels.
With more than 400,000 licence holders in the department, sport significantly contributes to the dynamism of Yvelines. The department funds facilities, such as the national velodrome in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, promotes green tourism and supports major events, which in 2019 include the final stage of the Tour de France in Rambouillet, the Equirando trail ride, Ecotrail and more family-friendly events such as Fête en Seine.
This year, the partnership struck by the Yvelines Departmental Council and A.S.O. a decade ago will result in the first two stages of Paris-Nice starting from Saint-Germain-en-Laye and Les Bréviaires, as well as the organisation of "Cycling for all in Yvelines", a family-friendly festival including many cycling tourism rides.