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Bicycling In The Villages
In 2014, the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) recognized The Villages as a Silver Bicycle Friendly community, Out of 490
cities and communities that have received Bicycle Friendly Community awards, only 107 are Silver or above. The Villages is the only retirement community ever to have received this designation. For 2018-2022, the Gold designation was awarded. This community is the only gold community in Florida and one of only two in the southeast United States.
The Villages has been developed with a system of roads, multi-modal paths, golf cart/bike lanes and amenities that make an outstanding environment for bicycling. At virtually all of the recreation centers, swimming pools, country clubs, golf starter shacks and other community facilities within The Villages, cyclists will find rest rooms, water fountains, bike racks and shelters that are accessible to all residents and their guests.
The Villages map of multi-modal paths
and roads with bike/cart lanes is available
free at the sales and information centers. Maps of The Villages can also be found on Google Play and Apple App Store. The maps show tunnels, traffic circles, golf courses, regional recreation centers, town centers and nearby external roads.
The Villages App is a free wayfinding and information app for mobile devices. It provides routes for either motorists or golf carts (via the multi-modal paths) to any destination within The Villages, with excellent maps. For new cyclists or anyone who wants to explore an unfamiliar area, The Villages App makes route planning easy. It is also helpful if a cyclist gets lost or disoriented and needs to find the best way “home”, since it always knows where one "is"
Useful Stuff To Know
1. Under Florida law, any bicyclist under age 16 must wear a helmet.
2. It is important to maintain a safe distance from all wildlife. Try to stay 10-15 feet away and do not feed or bother any animals. This is their natural home, and if you respect them, they will respect you.
3. Florida is the lightning capital of the United States, and Central Florida summers deliver some impressive weather shows. Most of the thunderstorms occur during the mid to late afternoon hours, so the best riding times are in the morning, when it’s still a little cooler.
TIPS FOR CYCLIST
The same laws that apply to motorists apply to cyclists. Obey all traffic control devices, including stopping at gates, and use hand signals to indicate stops and turns.
Always wear a properly fitting helmet.
Wear a helmet, no matter how short the trip.
Ride on the right. Always ride in the same direction as traffic. Use the furthest right lane that heads to your destination. Slower moving cyclists and motorists stay to the right.
Ride predictably. Ride in a straight line and don’t swerve in the road or between parked cars. Check for traffic before entering street or intersection. Anticipate hazards and adjust your position accordingly.
Be visible. Ride with brightly colored clothing that provides contrast. Use blinking lights or reflectors during the day and lights at night.
Village Bike Rent Llc, dba Village Bicycle Rental (s) was founded, is owned and operated by Village Residents and Homeowners with a passion for biking. We are not affiliated with The Villages Companies, Developers or The Village Community Development District.