The 7th Annual Kalamazoo Bike Week was a success. The weather was generally good and attendance at the events was great.  Thank you to all event organizers, volunteers and attendees - we had great fun.

Planning for Bike Week 2019 (May 11-18) began in June 2018 -- and more than ever, will encompass events across Kalamazoo County.  If you want to share an idea, help plan, make an announcement or organize an event during Bike Week, please contact Paul Selden at info@bikefriendlykalamazoo.org.

The last public planning meeting in 2018 is scheduled for October 25, 2018, 4-5pm at the Portage District Library (Austin Lake Room), 300 Library Lane, Portage MI 49002.  If necessary, we will also meet as a group in 2019, with dates yet to be determined. After that most of the planning and implementation of the great ideas we surfaced throughout our meetings held during the summer and fall of 2018 will be in the hands of our wonderful individual event organizers. We may be able to accommodate additional events and announcements up to about four weeks before Bike Week begins.

Please watch this page for additional updates.

Click here for the most recent list of new ideas for Bike Week 2019 (just waiting to be matched with organizers & volunteers!), plus a contact directory (to be expanded over time). Click here to see the agenda summary for our most recent planning session.

Have a safe and fun riding season.  Hope to see you out there! 

 

 



Upcoming Events

Oct
25
4:00 PM16:00

Bike Week 2019 Public Planning Meeting

Planning for Bike Week 2019 has begun.  If you want to share an idea for next year, help plan or want to participate in one of the next public planning meetings, please contact Paul Selden at info@bikefriendlykalamazoo.org.

This public planning meeting is scheduled for October 25, 2018, 4-5 pm at the Portage District Library (Austin Lake Room), 300 Library Lane, Kalamazoo MI 49002.

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Sep
20
4:00 PM16:00

Bike Week 2019 Public Planning Meeting

Planning for Bike Week 2019 has begun.  If you are interested in volunteering for next year and would like to attend organizational meetings, please contact Paul Selden at info@bikefriendlykalamazoo.org or come to the next planning meetings scheduled for August 16, 2018 and September 20, 2018 from 4-5 p.m. at the City of Kalamazoo Parks office (Community Room), 251 Mills Kalamazoo. 

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Aug
16
4:00 PM16:00

Bike Week 2019 Public Planning Meeting

Planning for Bike Week 2019 has begun.  If you are interested in volunteering for next year and would like to attend organizational meetings, please contact Paul Selden at info@bikefriendlykalamazoo.org or come to the next planning meetings scheduled for August 16, 2018 and September 20, 2018 from 4-5 p.m. at the City of Kalamazoo Parks office (Community Room), 251 Mills Kalamazoo. 

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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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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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Pedal & Stretch: Yoga for Cyclists at Down Dog Yoga Center
May
18
5:30 PM17:30

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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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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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 ride in silence to honor those who have been injured or killed while riding. Meet at Millennium Park across the street from Pedal's Romence Road shop.

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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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Tuesday Night Chain Gang Group Ride
May
15
5:45 PM17:45

Tuesday Night Chain Gang Group Ride

  • Kalamazoo County Health and Human Services (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Join the Chain Gang on this no drop, friendly ride for beginners and experienced riders alike.  We meet at the County Health and Human Services building on Gull Road in front of Nazareth.  Arrive around 5:45 for a 6:00 start.  Helmets are mandatory, front and rear lights are suggested.  Ride speed average will depend on the the experience level of the group.  Our rides average 25 miles.

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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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May
12
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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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 - 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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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
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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