Bike Friendly Kalamazoo is a network of volunteers drawn from throughout greater Kalamazoo, together with a number of communities in our metropolitan planning area, backed up by our institutional status as an IRS 501(c)3 Michigan nonprofit corporation. By and large our volunteers are delegates from thoughout the greater community, representing stakeholders from local transportation planning and engineering agencies, elected officials, law enforcement, businesses, charitable and philanthropic organizations, education, parks and recreation, healthcare, and employers, in addition to the area’s leading bike clubs, shops, teams and less formal riding groups.
This website is dedicated to our Fall Bike Celebration Weekend. We are honored and thoroughly excited to work with our volunteers and the Village of Vicksburg, home-base for much of our weekend celebration, in addition to Kalamazoo County Parks and Climax. This Celebration is our way to embrace the beauty of the fall and the many benefits that bicycling has to offer that strengthens community. Our Celebration welcomes everyone who can participate and explore what makes Southwest Michigan so great — and to support many worthy charitable causes, as well.
There are so many ways to enjoy our Fall Bike Celebration Weekend! Read through the options, and get excited about the spirit of networking, friend-gathering and community enrichment that flows through our Celebration. Please check back with the this site as we continue to make announcements, enhance our suite of events, convey additional information and opportunities. And please — whether you want to contribute via your own ride and/or dinner registration or not — consider participating as a volunteer and/or a sponsor. There is a lot to do, plus a lot of fun in working with like minded people to create once-in-a-lifetime memories for others!
Your support and participation in the Fall Bike Celebration Weekend will help provide funds to feed kids that 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. This event is one of the most public ways that Bike Friendly Kalamazoo can raise funds to boost its bike safety, education and awareness building programs, not to mention the very concrete goal of increasing interest and participation in riding bikes…for bicyclists and cyclists of virtually all ages and abilities!
At Bike Friendly Kalamazoo, we’re working to make our greater community even more bicycle friendly, to bring about all the benefits that bicycling entails. In doing so we will be facilitating many other non-motorized uses, as well. We’re part of a larger place-building effort aimed at making our area even more attractive as a great community in which to live, learn, work and play. Please learn more about Bike Friendly Kalamazoo by visiting www.bikefriendlykalamazoo.org!