SAFETY

SAFETY


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®

Reminders:

  • 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.


Directions:

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.

When Exiting:

  • 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.)

Round About with directions

 


 

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