Bicycling Utopia for Seniors

It all started with a golf cart path. 

A retirement community that opened in the 1980s provided paths so seniors could travel by golf carts.  Jump forward thirty years to a new generation of seniors who put health and exercise ahead of a sedentary lifestyle. 

The Villages in Sumter County, Florida, can boast of something no other retirement community and only 37 cities throughout the U.S. can. The Villages earned gold medal status by The League of American Bicyclists for their commitment towards creating a Bicycle Friendly America. The Villages stand with pride with such cities as Seattle, Washington D.C., and Tucson.  The Villages with over 125,000 residents is consistently ranked by Forbes’ list of 25 Best Places to Retire in the U.S. 

It is often described as a cycling-infrastructure utopia, and it even has an app to guide its bicyclists across the 45-square-mile community.  Learn more details about how they won the award HERE.  Their cycling clubs have over 900 members, and daily group rides that explore hundreds of square miles of forest and farmland in every direction provide biking opportunities for all levels. 

Build paths, and they will come. Riding on two wheels provides a healthy and happy alternative for transportation.