Rider Information

RIDING SAFELY:
Because riding a bicycle in The Villages® Community can be a bit different from other municipalities, Law Enforcement and Community Watch personnel will be present to support you.

Safety Tips:

The Bicycle Challenge is a RIDE not a RACE

  • Helmets are required for this event.
  • Riders must be at least 18 years old.
  • Headphones are prohibited by State law.
  • Exercise caution. The lanes on the side of the roads within The Villages® Community will accommodate bicycles and motorized golf carts capable of 20 to 25 miles per hour.
  • Ride as far to the right as safe and reasonable.
  • Know and obey all traffic laws unless specifically directed otherwise by law enforcement.
  • When riding in The Villages® Community, do not impede traffic… Ride single file and do not overlap the wheel of the rider in front of you.
  • Do not run red lights or stop signs.
  • When merging with traffic, look back, signal and when it is safe, change lanes.
  • Use the ride marshals (color coded wire ties on their helmets) for directions, mechanical breakdowns or any other help you need.
  • Please be respectful of pedestrians, runners, other cyclists, golf carts and other motor vehicles while sharing our paths and roadways.
  • Always communicate your intentions by hand signals and voice such as “stopping”, “slowing”, “left turn”, “right turn”, “debris”, etc.

Gates:

  • Use “resident” gate (usually the right lane) when entering a neighborhood. The red button on the gray card reader will “call” to have an entrance gate open.
  • Gates work on various types of sensors and are designed to close after each vehicle passes through. Please exercise caution.
  • Attendants will be stationed at most gates. Ask them for help if needed.

NAVIGATING ROUNDABOUTS IN THE VILLAGES®

Roundabout Reminders:

  • Roundabouts are one way with traffic circulating counter clockwise.
  • Bicycles are considered “vehicles”. Unless directed by law enforcement, you must yield to traffic already in the circle.
  • Colorful route arrows on the ground before and after the roundabouts provide directional guidance.
  • The arrows marked on the roadway prior to entering the roundabouts indicate the direction to be taken when exiting.
  • Yield to traffic already in the roundabouts… Each cyclist must yield individually to oncoming traffic.
  • Use the bypasses whenever possible.
  • Drive your bike defensively since some drivers may not properly yield.

Route Arrow Directions:

route-arrow-directions-for-website1/4 way around the circle using outside lane

1/2 way around the circle using outside lane

3/4 way around the circle using inside lane

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>>REMINDER

Cyclists follow same rules of the road as automobiles.