We are looking forward to our 8th Annual Bike Week, coming up May 11-8, 2019! 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 and participants, volunteers and sponsors — we had great fun!

Planning is well underway for Bike Week 2019 (May 11-18, 2019) -- and more than ever, will encompass events across Kalamazoo County.  To make a bike-related announcement or organize an event during Bike Week that KBW can help you promote (at no cost), please contact Paul Selden at bikeweek@bikefriendlykalamazoo.org.

It’s not too late to get on board — you can come up to speed and participate by taking advantage of the links below.

We may be able to accommodate additional events and announcements up until March 31, 2019, when our Website Event and Media Release Form is due (print media cutoff date). After March 31, we still may be able to get you on to KBW’s on-line events calendar. Please don’t hesitate to contact Paul for more information.

Keep your eye on this page for additional updates.

In the meantime…

Click here for a summary of information for event organizers (from our October 2018 planning session, in the form of meeting notes. Click here for a list of ideas for Bike Week (some of them just waiting to be matched with organizers & volunteers!), plus a contact directory (to be expanded over time). Click here to see a meeting summary for our September 2018 planning session.

We wish you safe and happy rides throughout the year.  Hope to see you out there! 

 

 



Upcoming Events

Mar
28
5:00 PM17:00

KBW Event Sign Pick Up Opportunity

KBW Event signs will be available on request for confirmed Event Organizers after a Bike Friendly Kalamazoo meeting at Kalamazoo Township Hall while supplies last. Please contact Paul Selden (bikeweek@bikefriendlykalamazoo.org) a few days in advance to arrange a pickup.

Other opportunities will be made available in April and early May.

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May
11
7:00 AM07:00

2019 Trailblazer

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

Many riders like to bike the Kal-Haven one way, parking at either South Haven or Kalamazoo and taking our 8:00am early morning shuttle to the opposite staging area to bike back. See details at www.snapregistration.com/kalhaven.

Be sure to join us in Bloomingdale for music and hot lunch.

Proceeds to support expansion and maintenance of the Trails and Trail programming.

Location: Kal-Haven Trail, also marked road routes of 25, 45, 70 or 100 miles on marked roads.

Online Registration: www.snapregistration.com/kalhaven

On-site Registration:
Kalamazoo: 4143 10th St. N., Kalamazoo, MI 49009
Bloomingdale: At the crossroads in the Village of Bloomingdale
South Haven: 66 N Bailey Ave., South Haven, MI 49090-1589

Fees: Individual $25 (After May 7, $30); Family $40 (after May 7, $45); Shuttle Bus $15

For the latest up to date information please contact: kalhaven.trailblazer@gmail.com

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May
11
8:30 AM08:30

Mayors' City to City Ride

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 here to see an approximate route map.

This easy-paced ride on the final day of Kalamazoo Bike Week will highlight portions of the planned inter-jurisdictional Southwest Michigan Bikeway, the Portage trail and bike lane system, bike lanes and routes in Kalamazoo, and a scenic overlook of the proposed Kalamazoo-Portage trail connection along Portage Creek.  On-site registration and bike helmets are required; children must be accompanied by an adult.

Contact: Alyssa Milbeck: (269) 324-9271; milbecka@portagemi.gov

Cost/Fees: Free!

Event Website: http://www.portagemi.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=744&month=5&year=2019&day=11&calType=0

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May
11
10:00 AM10:00

Old Dog Tavern's Brickyard Vintage Bicycle Show

2019 will mark the 8th year of the Brickyard Vintage Bicycle Show at the Old Dog Tavern in downtown Kalamazoo. This is Downtown Kalamazoo’s largest annual display of vintage bicycles. Come down to the Old Dog Tavern on Saturday May 11th to enjoy some delicious food, cold beer and cool bikes. This show is a buy, sell, trade and show style swap meet. Each year we have a featured style of bike or brand which appears on the show T-shirts, although the show is open to all bikes of all years. Just ride them in and have fun! This year we are featuring vintage steel frame road bikes. The show also attracts many used bicycle parts vendors. You may have a vintage bike project which is just missing that one hard to find part. This will be your opportunity to find that rare part and get your bike ready for the summer. We will also be raffling off a New Belgium Brewery bike. Proceeds from the raffle will benefit The Open Roads Bicycle Program. Don’t miss this awesome annual Kalamazoo Bike Week event.

Sponsors: Old Dog Tavern and New Belgium Brewery

Event Website: http://www.olddogtavern.com/events/2019/5/11/brickyard-vintage-bicycle-show; https://www.facebook.com/events/2027713804194115/?ti=ia

Cost/Fees: Free entry, Free vendor spaces

For more information, contact: Kelsey McConnell (Kelsey@olddogtavern.com) or Ludwig Betz (ludebetz@gmail.com)

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May
13
9:00 AM09:00

Monday Morning Cruisers – KRVT Bicycle Club

If you are looking for a group to bike with at a casual pace, we have the solution. Join us Monday mornings for an easy ride along the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail. Meeting points will rotate every two weeks, giving you an opportunity to experience all of the beauty of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail.

Sponsor: Kalamazoo River Valley Trail

Cost/Fees: Free

For more information, please contact: Josh Gower – Kalamazoo County Trail Program Coordinator at jdgowe@kalcounty.com and 269-383-8778

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May
16
4:00 PM16:00

The Fix (Youth Bike Repair Clinic)

The Fix is a drop-in bike repair workshop for youth 18 & under to access free replacement bike parts and guidance on making repairs. We can also teach you how to do a tune-up and maintain your bike! If it's your first time at one of our programs this year, bring an adult 18 or over to sign your permission forms. *Anyone 18 and under is welcome to drop-in to this free program. No need to register! Come to one session or all of them - just show up and we'll show you the ropes. 

Sponsor: Harold & Grace Upjohn Foundation

Event website: https://www.openroadsbike.org/the-fix.html

Cost/Fees: Free

For more information, please contact: Erin Denay; director@openroadsbike.org and 269-365-9142

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May
16
6:15 PM18:15

Intro to Dirt Road Riding

Try out riding your bike on dirt/gravel roads. There is beautiful scenery and few cars. Bring a bike with tires at least 28 mm wide and join us for a no drop ride (we will make sure everyone gets back to the start). Length can be 10 to 25 miles depending on the preference of the attendees.

Sponsor: John and Julie Knowlton

Cost/Fees: Free

For more information, please contact: John Knowlton at JohnRom719@gmail.com

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May
17
7:30 AM07:30

National Ride Your Bike To Work Day

More than half of the U.S. population lives within five miles of their workplace, making bicycling a feasible and fun way to get to work. With increased interest in healthy, sustainable and economic transportation options, it’s not surprising that, from 2000 to 2011, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 47 percent.

So join others throughout the country, your co-workers and friends ride to work.

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May
17
3:00 PM15:00

Adult Open Shop

Visit Open Roads at Riverview Launch and learn some basic bike mechanic skills or further the ones you already have. Tune up your bike using our tools and working with our mechanics. We work with you, not for you, to teach you what you want to know. Drop-in fee for adults during Open Shop is donation based. You decide how much you can pay. We suggest $5 - $10. No need to register or make an appointment, just drop-in and bring your bike to work on!

Event website: https://www.openroadsbike.org/adult-programs--open-shop.html

Cost/Fees: Donation-based ($5 - $10 donation encouraged)

For more information, please contact: Erin Denay; director@openroadsbike.org and 269-365-9142

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May
18
9:00 AM09:00

The Funicular

The Rundown:
1.  Show up with your wheels, helmet, and eager face.
2.  Race up Grant Street as fast as you can. Riders will be released every 15 seconds.
3.  Do it two more times for good measure. You race against your ticket category.
4.  Wear your badge of honor @ O'Duffy's
5.  Need we say more?

Sponsor: Pedal

Event website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-funicular-climb-tickets-55403877489

Cost/Fees: Free

For more information, please contact: Brendan Molony at brendancmolony@gmail.com

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Yoga for Cyclists
May
18
12:00 PM12:00

Yoga for Cyclists

Join us on Saturday at Noon to finish off Kalamazoo Bike Week with a special Yoga class for Cyclists. Stretch out your legs, hips, back, and shoulders and unwind from the week! You can pre-register online using this link, or go to downdogyogacenter.com - under Yoga, Special Events (listed by date), or drop in on Saturday (space permitting).

 

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May
18
6:00 PM18:00

Bike-a-Palooza

Join us for the grand finale of Kalamazoo Bike Week at Bike-a-Palooza, a one-of-a-kind fundraising event for Open Roads Bike Program! Event features include live music, silent auction, abundant hors d’oeuvres and drinks, bike raffle, bike building demonstration by students, access to the KIA art gallery, and more. Don’t miss this annual event to help make youth development bicycle programming available to all local youth!

Sponsors: Please see Open Roads’ website

Event website: https://www.openroadsbike.org/bike-a-palooza.html

Cost/Fees: $40 Early Bird Ticket / $45 Advance Ticket / $50 At-the-door Ticket

For More Information, Please Contact: Erin Denay at director@openroadsbike.org or 269-365-9142

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Jan
30
3:30 PM15:30

Special Bike Week Organizer's Meeting

This will be a more informal meeting to provide a setting for a variety of items:

- one on one orientation to KBW 2019 - for those new to our planning committee meetings

- opportunity to fill out your KBW website event and idea submission forms (attached; due March 31) - on your own as organizers or with fellow co-organizers

- opportunity to pick up KBW event signs (limited availability) - for those who have submitted your forms and received confirmation of official KBW status.

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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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