Join the Celebration

The welcome mat will be out for bicyclists throughout the spectacular inaugural Fall Bike Celebration weekend (September 20-22, 2019)…featuring a Ride with seven fantastic routes through the beautiful Southwest Michigan countryside centered in the charming Village of Vicksburg during the day on Saturday Sept. 21…plus a chance to chill afterwards at our informal Awards & Recognition Social Hour / Dinner to honor and chat with those who have helped make our greater community even more bicycle friendly, just by enjoying a beverage or two and the chance to break bread with them (that same Saturday evening Sept. 21).

Signing up for the Ride and Social Hour/Dinner is easy. Special online pricing is available until September 17 through BikeReg, or pay in person on Ride day.  Limited tickets will be available at the door at the Social Hour & Dinner (we don’t want to run out of food and drink).

But wait–there’s more! (Chuckle)  Featured attractions in Vicksburg on Friday include a top-rated disc golf course, a fascinating a downtown historical lecture and walking tour of the “mysterious*” Vicksburg Quilt Trail paintings, a preview of the massive entertainment/residential complex at The Mill, a Farmers Market with live music right next to the lovingly restored 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 first-ever Public Bike Art Prize award, presented on Sunday.        (*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 and maintain the Chain Gang Memorial.

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, check out the huge Schedule, chock full of fun things to do, learn more about the Routes, the opportunities for Sponsors, then head over to the Registration page to sign up. Our fees are about the same as the most popular rides and fundraising dinners, 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 check that out and submit an entry in time for the September 5 entry deadline.

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 until 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!