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! 

 

 



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Ride of Silence

  • Millenium Park 280 Romence Rd Portage, MI, 49024 United States (map)

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.

Cyclists will take to the roads in a silent procession to honor cyclists who have been killed or injured while cycling on public roadways. Although cyclists have a legal right to share the road with motorists, the motoring public often isn't aware of these rights, and sometimes not aware of the cyclists themselves.

In 2003, Chris Phelan organized the first Ride of Silence in Dallas after endurance cyclist Larry Schwartz was hit by the mirror of a passing bus and was killed.

The Ride of Silence is a free ride that asks its cyclists to ride no faster than 12 mph, wear helmets, follow the rules of the road and remain silent during the ride. There are no registration fees. The ride, which is held during National Bike Month, aims to raise the awareness of motorists, police and city officials that cyclists have a legal right to the public roadways. The ride is also a chance to show respect for and honor the lives of those who have been killed or injured.

 

Later Event: May 17
PEDAL Group Ride

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