A system of point-nœuds or Knoopunten in Flemish (which translates into English variously as nodes, crossroads, junctions, or literally knot points) was created in Flanders a dozen or so years ago and has gradually been extended across all of the Flemish Region, and into the Netherlands and Germany.
Like the road network, bike routes are interconnected. The territory is covered by a tightly-knit network of stretches that are about 1 to 5 km (about 3 to 5 miles) long, which form a juxtaposition of schematic “triangles” or loops which are thus about 15 to 25 km long (approx. 9 to 15½ miles). On the ground, each intersection is numbered and equipped with a directional beacon which features the number of the intersection and signage directing cyclists towards the next numbered intersections. On maps, each segment is marked and so is its length. A cyclist who has a map of the interconnecting network in an area can thus choose his or her itinerary as he or she wishes, making it longer or shorter during their outings, choosing from the infinite options. The network can in addition be cycled in both directions.
Points-noeuds in Picardy Wallonia
The Picardy Wallonia by bike network features 1,600 kilometres (about 1,000 miles) of routes signposted according to the points-nœuds system. The network covers the 23 localities in picardy Wallonia and its two nature parks; 7,500 directional beacons were put in place in 2014! The Wallonie Picarde A Vélo network is also interconnected with other Walloon cycle paths, with Flemish points-nœuds networks and with Véloroute and voie verte (cycle paths and greenways) in France.
These 1,600 kilometres of bike networks are mainly made up of country tracks with little traffic that have been tarmacked and of slow ways for low-speed users only (RAVeLs, French for réseau autonome de voies lentes, autonomous network of slow ways, former railway lines which have been repurposed).Explore the network on the dynamic map
Cycles nodes in Wallonia
In Wallonia, three other point-nœud networks can be used by cyclists:
- In the East: discover the VéloTour Hautes Fagnes–Eifel network of cycle paths
- On horseback in the Namur and Luxembourg provinces: discover Le Pays de Famenne by bike
- In the Botte du Hainaut: discover the Chimay region - Sambre and Meuse - by bike
Where to buy Picardy Wallonia by bike maps ?
The East and West Picardy Wallonia by bike maps are available :