Join the Celebration

BFK’s Fall Bike Celebration is held annually on the third weekend in September.  In 2021 that’s September 17-19.  Registration for Sunday’s Bike Tour is NOW OPEN on our BIKEREG site.  This wonderfully scenic “Quilt Barn, Bridge & Buggy” Bike Tour of the countryside will take place on Sunday Sept. 19, 2021 starting and ending on the grounds of the Vicksburg Historic Village. 

BIG NEWS: Plans are also underway for our first-ever “Multi-Charity Bikeathon*” on the morning of Saturday Sept. 18 and other exciting featured events on Friday and Saturday  — stay tuned for some BIG REVEALS!

(*We will try to think of a more catchy name for our Multi-Charity Bikeathon but in the meantime this gives you the idea.  If you have ever wondered how bicyclists of all ages and abilities could give back to the community during tough times, well, this is BFK’s answer!)

If you are a newcomer to BFK’s Fall Bike Celebration Weekend, this great poster from 2020 captures the spirit!  In 2020 we also offered tickets — in advance or at the door — for a live outdoor lawn chair “BIKES & BLUEGRASS BENEFIT CONCERT” sponsored by the Gilmore Car Museum and The Vicksburg Foundation.  Signs are looking pretty good for a Benefit Concert in 2021 at the beautiful timber-framed Vicksburg Pavilion as a fundraiser for the Lions Club and BFK.

No matter what, the welcome mat will be out for cyclists throughout the third spectacular Fall Bike Celebration weekend (September 17-19, 2021)…with fantastic routes through the beautiful Southwest Michigan countryside centered in the charming Village of Vicksburg.  Distances for Saturday’s Multi-Charity Bikeathon will be scaled to fit that morning, while Sunday’s Bike Tour will range from a Century ride across state lines to quaint Shipshewana (IN) and a 4 mile family trail ride.  Routes will include glimpses of the Vicksburg Quilt Barn Trail.  Both rides will be supported with SAG stops, maps and clear road markings. Plus, for Sunday’s Bike Tour, a delicious meal will be waiting at the finish.

For either ride, we ask you to register online as far in advance as possible and to be alert for emails we send to registered riders about updates/changes re. COVID-19.  For more on our public health considerations please scroll to the end of this page.

ALMOST EVERYTHING ELSE ON OUR WEBSITE IS DATED TO 2020 and will be updated as our other plans for the weekend firm up.

[THIS PARAGRAPH IS FROM 2020 AND WILL BE UPDATED SOON.]  But wait–there’s gonna be more! (Chuckle)  Featured attractions in Vicksburg on Friday and Saturday include a top-rated disc golf course & clinics, a Farmers Market right next to the lovingly restored Vicksburg Historic Village, the ability to tour the wonderful Vicksburg Historic Village, a fascinating presentation on the “mysterious*” Vicksburg Quilt Trail paintings, delicious Ice Cream for pre-registered riders, a virtual tour of The Mill In Vicksburg renovation, a live outdoor concert by the super-entertaining Schlitz Creek Bluegrass Band and ceremonies for BFK’s second Public Bike Art Competition award.    Can’t make it into town physically, at all?  No matter – in addition to virtual broadcasts of the Vicksburg Quilt Trail and Mill Project tours we offer expert webinars on important subjects related to bike commuting and the effect of Michigan’s safe passing laws on motorist and bicyclist behavior, as well!     (*”Mysterious,” 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 the rides during this event will help a variety of charities.  Please consider bringing a jar of peanut butter to donate at either Saturday’s or Sunday’s Rides.  What’s left over after we distribute the proceeds to charity and pay off our event expenses supports Bike Friendly Kalamazoo’s grant, scholarships and are many programs that boost safety, education and awareness building, not to mention giving an oomph to the very concrete goal of increasing ridership and participation…for bicyclists and cyclists of virtually all ages and abilities! 

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 Sunday’s Bike Tour Routes, opportunities for Sponsors, and head over to the Sunday’s Bike Tour 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 Public Bike Art Competition will want to check back from time to time as we update that page.

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).

BFK cares about your health!  Signing up for our Fall Bike Celebration is optional but our need for smart safe practices is not.  We will be asking everyone to follow USA Cycling’s recommended COVID-19 Coronavirus precautions and government mandates to protect others as well as yourself; BFK will be doing the same.

Please help us to make the Fall Bike Celebration a safe success.

  • All participants, spectators and staff are kindly asked to wear your own mask whenever possible, actively observe good physical distancing and practice good hand hygiene.
  • If you are sick, please stay home.
  • We will have some masks for those who forgot their own*.  Hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes will be in use.  Quantities of certain items (like masks) will be limited.
  • As a Michigan non-profit organization we will comply with Michigan’s and local health orders.  Click here to see USA Cycling’s excellent COVID-19 resources.

We appreciate your participation, patience and good humor.  We truly are all in this together.

Plus, 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.)

Want more details about everything happening during our Fall Bike Celebration Weekend?  You’ll find a lot more on the following pages.   Dive in!

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