The Yvelines department, a bridge between Paris and Normandy, sprawls over the entire western part of the Île-de-France.
Its rich heritage boasts a wealth of chateaus, churches and forests. With 80% of its surface area covered in natural areas, it is criss-crossed by the Seine and numerous watercourses. It is renowned for its breath-taking landscapes and the quality of its environment.
A major player in the Greater Paris area and the leading industrial department in Île-de-France, Yvelines is home to a large workforce of researchers in promising sectors: automotive, aeronautics, aerospace, defence, etc. To prepare for the jobs of tomorrow, the Departmental Council encourages the diversification of sectors, such as eco-construction and the automotive industry, which is evolving towards future forms of mobility.
Soft mobility has indeed become a priority, with cycling facilities stretching for 850 km and the development of intermodal 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 third route, “La Seine à vélo” is slated to open soon, connecting Paris, Rouen, Le Havre and Deauville and meandering along the Seine for 430 km.
With more than 400,000 licence holders, sports contribute significantly to the dynamism of Yvelines. The department funds many facilities, such as the national velodrome in Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, promotes green tourism and supports major events: inauguration of “La Seine à vélo” on 13 June, the “Fête du Tour” on 14 June, and the final stage of the Tour de France, departing from Mantes-la-Jolie, on 19 July. Not to mention more family-friendly events such as “Les Yvelines font leur cinéma” in August.
Thanks to the partnership initiated by the Departmental Council with ASO eleven years ago, this year the department will host the first stage of Paris-Nice in Plaisir and then a stage start in Chevreuse. There will also be an events village to promote cycling for all on the weekend of 8 and 9 March at the Château de Plaisir.