Police Report a Must for All Cyclists Hit by a Vehicle <=Click on link.
Posted by Chris Burns in Florida Bicycle Laws, on Wednesday, May 18, 2016.
Traffic Crash Report is mandatory where a crash between a bicyclist and a motorist involves bodily injury to any party, death, or damage to any vehicle, bicycle or other property of at least $500. …​


FREE app called bikejournal.com.
Step-by-step instructions on how to register for bikejournal.com

If you have any questions, please contact Pam Powell (powellpd@aol.com) or myself (68gamecock@gmail.com) to get started.


​Click here and check out this video showing why you should never overlap the wheel of the bike in front of your bike.

Club Jerseys - Clay Smith periodically places an order for club jerseys and shorts. They are available in both men's and women's CLUB CUT styles with full zipper or 1/4 zipper. Price is approx $50. Contact Clay Smith 352-396-3137  or e-mail 68gamecock@gmail.com 


Bicycling in The Villages Video -- See The Villages video featuring members of our club and Sumter Landing club  (Click here) 

The Villages, Florida

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Club   Meetings

Pictures

Group Riding Training Manuals


For more information and exercises on group riding techniques, refer to the following documents.

Documents courtesy of Jack Logomarsino and the Sumter Landing Bicycle Club

 and League of American Bicyclists

Upcoming   Events

Click on underlined link for more information about each event

Ride Start Time Changes: 

Oct. 1 - Nov. 30, rides start @ 8:30 AM at El Santiago

Dec. 1 - Mar. 31, rides start @ 9:00 AM at El Santiago

Apr. 1, rides start @ 8:00 AM at El Santiago


Jan. 12, Thursday

Tri County Clowns invites you and TVBC to attend and learn more about the Spring Festival at the Sumter County Youth Center at 9:30AM.  Click here for more details


Feb. 25 & 26, Saturday & Sunday,

Outdoor Expo at La Hacienda Regional Recreation Center


Mar. 18-24, 2017

Gullah Geechee Bike Tour 2017


Mar. 26, 2017, Sunday

Tour de Parks 2017, Historic Venice Train Depot Tour

7:30 a.m. start, additional information or to register: www.friendsofthelegacytrail.org​

 www.active.com


Apr. 1, 2017, Saturday

Ride Start Time Changes to 1 hour earlier
Apr 1 - Oct 1, rides start @ 8:00 AM at El Santiago


Apr. 8, 2017, Saturday 

We Bike for Kids ride, hosted by The Villages Bicycle Club


Apr. 22, 2017, Saturday

Ride For The Arts Gran Fondo, Ocala, FL

     As we enter peak season in The Villages, this subject merits discussion because many more people gather for the club rides. The goal for the Village Bicycle Club is groups of less than 12 riders. Note that the Sumter Landing Bicycle Club has set the goal of groups of no more than 8 riders. There are a number of good reasons for this.
     It's well known that there are several common complaints about bicyclists in The Villages: they ride in big packs; they take over the road; and they blow through stop signs. While there are some motorists who have a visceral dislike of cyclists, even reasonable motorists have a legitimate concern that big groups of bicyclists, in many situations, make passing and other driving situations difficult and unpredictable. Over the years, we have worked hard to get out the word that it is legal and appropriate for cyclists to ride on any road in The Villages. It does us no good, as we share the road, to ignore the concerns of motorists.
     There are a lot of other reasons why smaller groups are safer. The larger the group, the greater the disparity in ability between the stronger and weaker riders. This means that the stronger riders often have to slow down and the weaker riders may be riding beyond their ability. Neither gets the type of ride they would like. The hillier the route, the more this disparity shows up. Sometimes the slower riders choose to use unsafe tactics, like riding past the line of cyclists at a stop, so that they maintain some momentum and conserve their effort when the group starts back up.
     Another problem is riding through intersections and roundabouts. The group is not a train. Each cyclist must decide whether it is safe and legal to proceed through an intersection. This often results in splits, or the riders in the back making the wrong decision to proceed through a red light, or in front of cars that have shown up in the roundabout. The larger the group, the bigger the problem.
     In a smaller group it is easier for every rider to keep track of what is going on from front to back. The leader has an easier time knowing if there is a split or if a car is approaching, and the back riders have a better view of hazards in the road and the intersection ahead. Communication in the group is much easier.
     Finally, there is no stigma for riding with less than the fastest group. Our goals should be to have a safe, enjoyable ride. Let's do that in reasonable sized groups, and let's respect the concerns of the motorists we share the roads with.

Welcome to The Village Bicycle Club (TVBC)

 

The Village Bicycle Club sponsors a Club ride everyday but main rides are Tuesday, Thursday, & Saturday (see the "Club Ride Schedule" below for details. All visitors are welcome to ride with us but you must be 18 or older (see the "Visitor Agreement" below for details. Club meetings are for residents only and the Club meets at 7 PM on the second Monday of each month in the El Santiago Recreation Center, 2373 Enrique Drive, The Villages, FL. Bring resident ID or guest pass for entry to the building.

VISITORS: ALL VISITORS ARE WELCOME TO RIDE WITH US but you must be 18 or older. You do not have to be a club member for your first ride. Check out the "Club Ride Schedule" then print the "Visitor Agreement." Complete, sign, and bring it with you. Your contact information is NOT shared nor sold. New riders should arrive 10 minutes early so we can get you into the right pace group. Helmets are required and mirrors are highly recommended.

Last Thoughts From Departing Club President,

Clay Smith


This will be my last message to you all as President of The Village Bicycle Club.  I wanted to express my sincere thanks to you all for two great years. 
I especially want to thank the Board of Directors in helping achieve what we wanted to accomplish. 

I am excited about the future of the Club especially with the addition of our new Associate category.  It is my hope it will only add to the comraderie and cohesiveness of our Club.  I encourage you all to be active participants in all our meetings and events. 

Your new President, Chris Schmidt, has already taken over many of the duties in my absence. I wish him and his Board great success in guiding this Club forward. 

I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!

Ride safely,

Clay Smith
President, TVBC

Cycling The Villages 
This is the bicycle master plan for The Villlages that was prepared by the Bike Friendly Advocacy Group.  We received a Silver award from the League of American Bicyclists (LAB) for 2014-2018 as a Bike-Friendly Community.  We will be re-applying next year and hope to receive a Gold award.  Cycling The Villages is part of this process.  Click on the link to download a PDF file of the document.  Please review it and send any comments, corrections or suggested additions to Diana Mirkin, diana@drmirkin.com

Gate Malfunction, Accident Report, Safety - Please use caution at the gates.  We had another cyclist get hit on Jan 6, 2015 by the exit gate on Enrique Drive.  An incident report has been submitted on the SLBC web site. I believe the cyclist was stationary waiting for the light and  gate came down on him.


Gate Malfunction - Use this form to report an improperly functioning entrance or exit gate. The information collected is forwarded to the appropriate officials.


Accidents - Use this form to report accidents requiring professional medical care.


Do you have an interesting bicycling news story for The Villages Daily Sun?

      Click Here to submit your info on the form.

      Click Here to see what has already been submitted.

​​​​​​Next Club Meeting:

Monday,​ February 13, 2017, 7 PM at El Santiago Rec. Ctr.​​

​  Dr. Gabe Mirkin - Nutrition and Exercise to Protect Your Heart
           (with a discussion on the latest research on atrial fibrillation 

            in master athletes)


Meeting Minutes - Posted on

  the Documents page[Click_Here]


Save the date for future Club Meetings:

          (7 PM, 2nd Monday of each month)

  • Monday, March 13, 2017 (Spring Picnic)
  • Monday, April 10, 2017
  • Monday, May 8, 2017
  • Monday, June 12, 2017
  • No club meetings in July or August