May 12-19, 2018 - Kalamazoo Area Bike Week is all about celebrating cycling.  It promotes cycling advocacy, awareness, education and most importantly, fun.

Planning for Bike Week 2018 is underway.  If you are interested in helping out this year or sponsoring/organizing an event, please contact Bike Week Chair David Warwick at dwarwick@envirologic.com

Instead of watching it snow check out this great video from the Michigan Department of Transportation and the Michigan Department of State on cycling safety 30-second video safety message.

 



Upcoming Events

Kalamazoo Bicycle Club - Bike Camp Orientation Meeting
May
10
6:30 PM18:30

Kalamazoo Bicycle Club - Bike Camp Orientation Meeting

  • Greater Kalamazoo Association of Realtors (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Bike Camp is the Kalamazoo Bicycle Club’s education and training program for beginning cyclists and people returning to the sport.  Now in its thirteenth year, Bike Camp focuses on road cycling and combines both instructional and on-the-road training in a safe, supported environment. It’s a great way to learn or improve your cycling skills and build confidence with riding on the road.

Who would benefit from attending Bike Camp?

Families, adults new to road cycling, and those renewing their interest in the sport.

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Trailblazer 2018 Ride
May
12
7:00 AM07:00

Trailblazer 2018 Ride

Enjoy one of the first rides of spring on the Kal-Haven Trail.  The 34-mile Trail links Kalamazoo and South Haven.  Built on the abandoned Kalamazoo & South Haven Railroad, it offers a compacted limestone/slag surface.  Adjoining road routes of 25, 45, 70, and 100 miles are marked for road bikes.

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Kalamazoo Bicycle Club - Monday Night Ride
May
14
6:15 PM18:15

Kalamazoo Bicycle Club - Monday Night Ride

Ride with the Kalamazoo Bicycle Club.  Be sure to wear brightly colored clothing and use both front and rear lights in order to enable auto drivers to see you, especially so if you anticipate riding in the dusk or after dark.

Also, come prepared to fix your own mechanical issues and flat tires. Other riders may not be able to stop and help out if you break down on the road. Carry a phone to use in emergencies.

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Local Bicycling Developments - 2018 & Beyond
May
16
4:00 PM16:00

Local Bicycling Developments - 2018 & Beyond

  • KRESA Main Office - Wile Auditorium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

How do you go about making a community even more bicycle friendly?  Leading organizations set goals based on the League of American Bicyclists prestigious "Bike Friendly" awards, then take steps to measure up.  Anyone can use LAB's requirements as a great source for ideas, as well.

This one-hour event is scheduled on Wednesday May 16, right in the middle of Kalamazoo Bike Week 2018 (May 12-19).  Attending will be a great way to learn first-hand from area leaders about what's in store for our community, in a fast paced format.

 

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Ride of Silence
May
16
6:30 PM18:30

Ride of Silence

On May 16, 2018 at 6:30 PM, the Ride of Silence will begin in Portage, Michigan.   Again sponsored by PEDAL Bicycles, cyclists will meet at Millennium Park across the street from Pedal's Romence Road shop.

On May 16, 2018 at 6:30 PM, a tribute to the Ride of Silence will begin in Portage, Michigan.  Ride in silence to honor cyclists who have been injured or killed while riding.   

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Pedal & Stretch: Yoga for Cyclists at Down Dog Yoga Center
May
18
12:00 PM12:00

Pedal & Stretch: Yoga for Cyclists at Down Dog Yoga Center

Join us Friday at Noon and 5:30 pm for Yoga for Cyclists! Stretch out your legs, hips, back and shoulders and unwind from the week with these two classes designed to rebalance and revitalize the cyclist's body, mind and spirit. No pre-registration is needed for these special $10 classes.Stretch out your legs, hips, neck and shoulders after a long week of work and biking.  Pedal & Stretch: Yoga for Cyclists is a lightly heated (85 degrees) class designed to re-balance and revitalize the cyclist's body, mind and spirit. 

 

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Mayors' City to City Ride
May
19
9:00 AM09:00

Mayors' City to City Ride

  • Portage Creek Bicenntenial Park Trail (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join Mayors Patricia Randall of Portage and Bobby Hopewell of Kalamazoo on a 8 mile bike ride as they ride in Portage, into Kalamazoo and then back to Portage. Meet at Portage Creek Bicentennial Park Trail on Milham Road. Arrive by 8:30 to register for this free ride. The ride starts promptly at 9:00.

Click to see the route map.

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Open Roads' 5th Annual Bike-a-Palooza
May
19
6:00 PM18:00

Open Roads' 5th Annual Bike-a-Palooza

Join us for a fundraiser to support the Open Roads program at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

At the 5th Annual Bike-a-Palooza fundraiser for Open Roads we’ll continue the tradition of featuring live music, a silent auction, wine pull, key note speech from a student in our program, and much more. 

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Cycling Savvy - Truth and Techniques of Traffic Cycling
May
21
12:00 PM12:00

Cycling Savvy - Truth and Techniques of Traffic Cycling

A free community event sponsored by Bells - Cycling Savvy is a guided discussion using videos and animated demonstrations that will familiarize participants with bicycle-specific laws, traffic dynamics, and problem-solving strategies.  You'll learn the basic rules, crash causes, and avoidance techniques.  Participants leave with knowledge, tools and confidence necessary to navigate traffic, assess road configurations, and safely share the road. 

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Bell's to Bell's Bike Ride
May
20
11:00 AM11:00

Bell's to Bell's Bike Ride

Join us for the 5th annual Bell's to Bell's bike ride to benefit the KRVT. Registration begins at 11:00am at the Eccentric Cafe & the ride kicks off with a safety demo at 1pm. Ride out to the Bell's Comstock Brewery for a tour & then ride back to the Eccentric Cafe for beers and a chance to win raffle prizes. The ride is $15 and all donations go to the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail.

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Kalamazoo Bicycle Film Festival
May
16
6:00 PM18:00

Kalamazoo Bicycle Film Festival

Bicycle enthusiasts will be gathering May 16th for the 7th year of the Kalamazoo Bicycle Film Festival’s “Bike Shorts” program. This program is a collection of short films that celebrate bicycles and the culture that surrounds them.  There are two showings, 6:00 & 8:15 (over 21 for second showing). 

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Bicycles, Bison & Beer Ride
May
15
6:00 PM18:00

Bicycles, Bison & Beer Ride

We at PEDAL Bike Shop invite you to join us for the 1st annual Texas Corners Brewing Company's B.B.B. (Bicycles, Bison and Beer) ride. We will meet at Texas Corners Brewing Company at 6pm on Monday May 15th to enjoy a leasurely 25ish mile ride that will feature rolling terrain and a few stops of interest.

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May
13
10:00 AM10:00

Bicycle Safety Adventure

  • Haverhill Park (if rain - Haverhill Elementary School) (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

 Kids 6–12 years of age are invited to participate in this fun filled event to help kick-off Kalamazoo Area Bike Week.  Participate in several fun events and get a free helmet if you're one of the first 100 participants.

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May
6
10:00 AM10:00

Bicycle Helmet Blitz

  • Bronson Hospital - Center for Health Education (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This pre-Kalamazoo Area Bike Week event is sponsored by Safe Kids Kalamazoo Led by Bronson's Children's Hospital. It will get you ready to be safe for the events during Bike Week.  Children and adults can come to Bronson Methodist Hospital to receive a low cost bicycle helmet.   CALL TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT - Bronson HealthAnswers at (269) 341-7723 or (800) 451-6310.

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May
22
2:00 PM14:00

PEDAL's Ladies Mountain Bike Skills Clinic

Just outside the bounds of Bike Week proper, brings our Ladies MTB Skills Clinic. This will occur at 2:00 at the Ft. Custer trailhead and will last a couple of hours or so. We’ll work on things like cornering, going over obstacles, position on the bike, going up and down hills. Lotsa fun for all skill levels.

Signup can be performed on the phone (269-324-5555) or in person at the Romence Road shop. Alas, day of signup is not available.

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Kalamazoo Bicycle Club - Wednesday Ride
May
18
6:15 PM18:15

Kalamazoo Bicycle Club - Wednesday Ride

Ride with the Kalamazoo Bicycle Club.  Be sure to wear brightly colored clothing and use both front and rear lights in order to enable auto drivers to see you, especially so if you anticipate riding in the dusk or after dark.

Also, come prepared to fix your own mechanical issues and flat tires. Other riders may not be able to stop and help out if you break down on the road. Carry a phone to use in emergencies.

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Mountain Biking 101 for Women - POSTPONED UNTIL MAY 18
May
18
6:30 PM18:30

Mountain Biking 101 for Women - POSTPONED UNTIL MAY 18

EVENT POSTPONED UNTIL MAY 18 - Ever wondered what mountain biking is like but too scared to give it a go? Don't have a bike to try it? No worries, we've got you covered. Now is the chance to ride the Al Sabo trail in a safe and instructional environment. SWMMBA and Pedal are teaming up to put together a Ladies Only Mountain Bike 101 instructional ride at the Al Sabo trailhead on Monday, May 11th.

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Third Annual Family Bike Fest
May
16
10:00 AM10:00

Third Annual Family Bike Fest

  • Spring into Summer Family Bike Fest (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

You won’t want to miss the 3rd annual Family Bike Fest.  This year, we are featuring the Thriller BMX Team. Family Bike Fest is a chance for families, kids, adults and the community to come together during Kalamazoo Bike Week. This event is free and no bike is required, but they are encouraged. 

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Alfred E. Bike Tuesday Night Ride at Arcadia Ales
May
12
6:15 PM18:15

Alfred E. Bike Tuesday Night Ride at Arcadia Ales

Our first Tuesday Group Ride of the season is tomorrow night, and because it's also Kalamazoo Bike Week we are doing something a little bit different. We are partnering with Arcadia Ales for the next two weeks to help them celebrate Bike Week, and the launch of their new Cheap Date beer.The Alfred E. Bike Tuesday group ride departs from the shop (320 E. Michigan Avenue, downtown Kalamazoo) each week at 6:15pm during the warmer months.
There are 20 and 26 mile routes with group speeds ranging from a 15-16mph "no drop" ride, to a 20+ mph fast ride.  

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