Join the Celebration

BFK’s Fall Bike Celebration 2020 will be held on the third weekend in September, 2020 (Sept. 18-20, 2020).  BLACK FRIDAY/Super Early Bird RIDE Registration for 2020 OPENS November 29, 2019!  Go to our BIKEREG site to register for the RIDE, which will be on Sunday Sept. 20, 2020.

In the meantime, most of the information below applies to 2019.  This page will be updated in 2020 as our plans unfold.   

The welcome mat will be out for bicyclists throughout the spectacular inaugural Fall Bike Celebration weekend (September 18-20, 2020)…featuring a Ride with seven+ fantastic routes through the beautiful Southwest Michigan countryside centered in the charming Village of Vicksburg during the day on Sunday September 20, 2020.

Signing up for the Ride is easy. Online pricing is available through September 17 through BikeReg, or pay in person on Ride day.

But wait–there’s more! (Chuckle)  Featured attractions in Vicksburg on Friday and Saturday will include a top-rated disc golf course, a fascinating a downtown historical lecture and walking tour of the “mysterious*” Vicksburg Quilt Trail paintings, a Farmers Market with live music right next to the lovingly restored Vicksburg Historic Village, the ability to tour the wonderful Vicksburg Historic Village, an Ice Cream Social, live musical entertainment at local brewery and…if everything comes together as hoped (meaning someone enters and actually wins)…BFK’s second Public Bike Art Prize award.        (*As in, “What the heck did I just see?”  “How did it get there?”  “What does it mean?”)

We want you to join us and enjoy the ride of a lifetime…going back in time…during a weekend jam-packed with added features…nestled in charming rural Southwest Michigan…featuring routes you will never forget…in support of bicycling and community-based charitable causes.

Your support and participation in this event will help feed kids who might otherwise go hungry through Generous Hands (a partner with Loaves and Fishes), deliver services to veterans, seniors and the disabled through South County Community Services.

Proceeds will also support eligible (501c3) riding clubs and the League of Michigan Bicyclists & Bike Friendly Kalamazoo’s grant programs to boost safety, education and awareness building, not to mention give an oomph to the very concrete goal of increasing ridership and participation…for bicyclists and cyclists of virtually all ages and abilities!  We are contributing to the League of Michigan Bicyclist’s $1 per rider program … and also to BFK’s “Great Clubs, Great Riders” $1 Back-2-Clubs program.

See, we have this bias in favor of working together…  .  Did we say this is a community-based weekend?  We will be updating this site as Fall Bike Celebration Weekend approaches, listening to your ideas for how to improve as well.

Are we excited? Absolutely! Is the greater community in on our planning committee and joining in the fun? All the way!

In the meantime, come back to our website from time to time to check out the huge Schedule, chock full of fun things to do, learn more about the Routes, updated opportunities for Sponsors, and head over to the Registration page to sign up. Our fees are about the same as the most popular rides, so you won’t have any sticker shock.  Want to help make this Weekend a great experience for everyone, and be a part of an always enthusiastic, eager-to-make-it-happen team?  Head over to the Volunteer page and let us know who you are.  Artists interested in entering BFK’s Bike Art Prize will want to keep coming back to see whether we will do it again in 2020.

The Celebration is organized by Bike Friendly Kalamazoo (BFK), a 501(c)3 non-profit network of volunteers working to make our greater community even more bike friendly (see our About page).

BTW, BFK cares about your health!  Make sure you use a DEET based mosquito repellent when enjoying yourself outside — especially around the hours of dawn and dusk.  (We’re told this is a good practice anytime you are exposed to such risks for more than about 15 minutes.)

If you’ve heard enough, register online through BikeReg through September 17 to take advantage of online pricing or pay in person on Ride day or at the door at Dinner (limited tickets available).  Want more details?  You’ll find a lot more on our from-scratch, put-together-in-record-time, team-built website.  Dig in!