May 14-21, 2016 - Kalamazoo Bike Week is all about celebrating cycling.  It promotes cycling advocacy, awareness, education and most importantly, fun!

We are in the planning stages for Bike Week 2016.  Numerous events are taking shape.  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

Trailblazer Ride
May
14
8:00 am08:00

Trailblazer Ride

  • Kal Haven Trailhead

Enjoy one of the first rides of spring on the Kal-Haven Trail.

This year's TrailBlazer is being hosted by the Friends of the Kal-Haven and Kalamazoo River Valley Trailway. The mission of these groups is to provide support for expansion and maintenance of the Trails and continued programming, thereby attracting more people to take advantage of this regional resource. Enjoy the ride!

Mayors' City to City Ride
May
14
9:00 am09:00

Mayors' City to City Ride

  • Portage Creek Bicenntenial Park Trail

Join Mayors Peter Strazdas of Portage and Bobby Hopewell of Kalamazoo on a 7.5 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.

May
16
9:00 am09:00

Monday Morning Cruisers

  • Verburg Park

Ride the Kalamazoo river Valley Trail with a great group of cyclists.  This casual, come as you are on whatever you ride (non-motorized) ride leaves Verburg Park on the Trail and goes wherever the group feels

Kalamazoo Bicycle Club - Monday Night Ride
May
16
6:15 pm18:15

Kalamazoo Bicycle Club - Monday Night Ride

  • Texas Drive Park

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.

Kalamazoo Bicycle Film Festival
May
17
6:00 pm18:00

Kalamazoo Bicycle Film Festival

  • Bell’s Eccentric Café

Bicycle enthusiasts will be gathering May 12th for the 6th 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). 

Bike Friendly Kalamazoo Public Meeting
May
18
4:00 pm16:00

Bike Friendly Kalamazoo Public Meeting

  • KRESA

Participate in a public meeting to learn about Kalamazoo Bike Friendly's place-building efforts and its tie-in to major trends and community plans. Topics include: Bike-friendly facilities and livability indexes, Securing Bike Route, status for designated roads - Engineering and cost perspectives

Kalamazoo Bicycle Club - Wednesday Ride
May
18
6:15 pm18:15

Kalamazoo Bicycle Club - Wednesday Ride

  • Kal Haven Trail State Park

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.

Ride of Silence
May
18
6:30 pm18:30

Ride of Silence

  • Millenium Park

On May 18, 2016 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.   

National Ride your Bike to Work Day
May
20
7:00 am07:00

National Ride your Bike to Work Day

Ride you bike to work.  Hundreds of American communities have been successful in increasing bicycle commuting by providing Bike to Work Week and Bike to Work Day events. In fact, among the 51 largest U.S. cities, 43 hosted Bike to Work Day events in 2010.

Pedal & Stretch: Yoga for Cyclists
May
20
6:00 pm18:00

Pedal & Stretch: Yoga for Cyclists

  • Down Dog Yoga Center

Stretch out your legs, hips, neck and shoulders after a long week of work and biking.  Pedal & Stretch: Yoga for Cyclists is a class designed to re-balance and revitalize the cyclist's body, mind and spirit. 

Also Special Bike Week Offering: Pedal To Your Mat - $5 off any drop-in yoga class at Down Dog Yoga Center during Bike Week if you ride your bike to the yoga class.

Bell's to Bell's Ride
May
21
12:00 pm12:00

Bell's to Bell's Ride

  • Bell's to Bell's Ride

Join beer and bicycle fans in a 14-mile round trip ride from Bell’s Brewery in Kalamazoo to Bell’s Production Facility in Galesburg/Comstock.  Donations made by participants will go to support the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail.  A $10.00 donation per cyclist is suggested. Registration starts at Noon, ride begins at 1:00.

Open Roads' Bike-a-Palooza
May
21
6:00 pm18:00

Open Roads' Bike-a-Palooza

  • Ignertia/Life Story

Join us for a fundraiser to support the Open Roads program at Ignertia/Life Story Building

Music by the WMU School of Music.

Silent Auction - bike from PEDAL, Shinola watch from VanSweden Jewlers and many more item. 

Tickets prices:

  • $35 March 1st – May 1st.
  • $45 Day-of Adult
  • $25 Student

Mountain Biking 101 for Women - POSTPONED UNTIL MAY 18
May
18
6:30 pm18:30

Mountain Biking 101 for Women - POSTPONED UNTIL MAY 18

  • Al Sabo Preserve

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.

Third Annual Family Bike Fest
May
16
10:00 am10:00

Third Annual Family Bike Fest

  • Spring into Summer Family Bike Fest

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. 

Ride to Work Critical Mass Ride
May
15
5:01 pm17:01

Ride to Work Critical Mass Ride

  • Bronson Gilmore Center for Health Education

Join Bronson Healthcare's Bike to Work Group for a Critical Mass ride through beautiful downtown Kalamazoo on Friday evening, May 15.  The route will lead you through downtown and onto the KRVT for a scenic ride north into Parchment and back downtown. 

Alfred E. Bike Tuesday Night Ride at Arcadia Ales
May
12
6:15 pm18:15

Alfred E. Bike Tuesday Night Ride at Arcadia Ales

  • Alfred E. Bike

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.  

Bike Maintenance for Women
May
9
3:00 pm15:00

Bike Maintenance for Women

  • PEDAL

Women get your bike and BGFFE (Best Girl friend forever) and join the Southwest Michigan Mountain Biking Association at PEDAL Bicycles to learn how to take care of your bike and perform basic maintenance.

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