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.
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.
- 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®
- Cyclists follow same rules of the road as automobiles.
- 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.
Follow the event road markings for navigating through roundabouts. If there are no route arrows before a roundabout, go 1/2 through, staying on the same road as the one you were on when entering the roundabout.
- 1/4 way around: Stay in outside lane
- 1/2 way around: Stay in outside lane
- 3/4 way around: Ride in inside lane; do not change lanes in roundabout; exit from left lane and then merge right if applicable. (Vehicles are not to pass other vehicles in roundabouts so exiting should go smoothly. Remember to us hand signals.)