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Old 09-06-2012, 08:38 PM
 
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My wife and I are planning on moving to a development called Island Walk. We enjoy bicycling and the development would be ok for her and me to ride in; but as a former competetive cyclist I ride long distances on the road. I wonder how cycling friendly this area is and if there is a bike club active in the area. I would also appreciate any feedback on Island Walk. Is there anything else similiar and around 300k(or less) to be had? Thanks to anyone in advance who may have some insight. Peavoe, in Channahon Il.
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:24 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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IslandWalk in Venice is a very nice community with great resort style amenities. I have sold a couple of homes there. As far as cycling if you venture out of the community you are on main roads and traffic can get quite heavy during snowbird season in Venice. You are better off cycling in a park. There are a couple in Venice. Here is a web link that lists the parks with bicycle trails in the area: Venice Trails & Trail Maps | Venice, Florida | TrailLink.com

Punta Gorda has over 15 miles of bicycle paths that connect the parks, neighborhoods, and commercial areas as a ring around the city. Punta Gorda has received honorable-mention recognition as a “Bicycle-Friendly Community” by the League of American Bicyclists. To see a map of the plan and photos of some of the existing routes, go to the City of Punta Gorda web site at http://www.ci.puntagorda.fl.us/depts/growthmgmt/ringaroundcity.html or http://teampuntagorda.org/
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Old 09-07-2012, 05:27 AM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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I know a guy from Venice who bikes 30 miles a day. Must be good for biking I would assume.
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:25 AM
 
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I have seen groups of adults on bikes in the area. Some looked like very serious long distance bikers based on their gear and their speed. Others seem like they do it sometimes as a group but more casual. My guess is that there are several cycling clubs.

There are more adults riding bikes here than children. Some roads are dangerous but they learn which roads to avoid.

It's hot and humind in the summer so you have to learn to go early/late in the summer. But you have all winter to bike as well, and this is when the weather is awesome.

You will see many retirees that take leisure bike rides as well.
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Old 09-07-2012, 06:33 AM
 
Location: North Port, Florida
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The groups of cyclists you're seeing are from the group Coastal Cruisers, based out of North Port.

Check out their website online.

Mikey
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Old 09-07-2012, 02:55 PM
 
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Depending on what you are looking for you may want to come to Sarasota. Besides the Sarasota Manatee bike club: The Sarasota Manatee Bicycle Club There are shop rides and others that just meet at a place & time.If you want longer distance and speed these are the ones I would look for.
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Old 09-13-2012, 07:30 AM
 
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Is this safe for walkers, being around waterways? You don;t have to worry about alligators coming out of the water while walking do you? I know it is a stupid question, but I am terrified of coming across alligators near these waterways.
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Old 09-13-2012, 08:52 AM
 
Location: englewood
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Is this safe for walkers, being around waterways? You don;t have to worry about alligators coming out of the water while walking do you? I know it is a stupid question, but I am terrified of coming across alligators near these waterways.
When you are walking the bike riders that have the we own the road attitude will be more of a threat than alligators will ever be.
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Old 09-13-2012, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Port Charlotte, FL
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If you see an alligator, turn and walk the other way. They usually only come out to sun themselves. They do not just fly out of the water and attack you while you are walking by. It is ok to be cautious around them though.
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Old 09-13-2012, 10:10 AM
 
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Thanks for the info. I am very Florida-illiterate I'm afraid.
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