Privacy Policy

Who we are

This website address is: Bike Friendly Kalamazoo is the Michigan 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation that set up this site; we may hire professional or use volunteers to help refine and maintain it. The site is powered by WordPress, which itself is an organization that controls how WordPress operates, which may have privacy policies of their own that we have no control over. That said, here is Bike Friendly Kalamazoo’s privacy policy, which we may change from time to time without further notices as the need arises. Some of what is below is somewhat redundant because we do not profess to be experts in developing privacy policies and have borrowed material from what WordPress provides and is suggested in the privacy policy templates we have also relied on. We will attempt to consolidate and reconcile this material in the future.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here: After approval of your comment, your profile picture is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact and Comment Forms


If you leave a comment or contact form on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you visit our login page, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.


Who we share your data with

We share your data to the extent necessary for our service professionals and volunteers to maintain this site and reply to your comments, get back in touch with you if you volunteer, or when you register for our events. Our event registration partners such as BikeReg may ask you for information necessary to process your registrations and help us manage our events, some of which we may see and other data only they see and are subject to the provisions of their respective privacy policies.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Your contact information

How we protect this information is described above.

Additional information

Additional information such as may be typically covered under topic headings that follow are subject to the privacy protection and security procedures secured from our website and domain name providers such as GoDaddy and ICANN. We have purchased and will maintain privacy and security related services they provide in good faith, but will not always be aware of the details related these services and the protections they provide, as to the following topics.

How we protect your data

What data breach procedures we have in place

What third parties we receive data from

What automated decision making and/or profiling we do with user data

Industry regulatory disclosure requirements

Privacy Policy, Continued

Your privacy is very important to us. At BFK we have a few additional fundamental principles that we follow:

We don’t ask you for personal information unless we or truly need it, or are required fields set by our event registration service providers. (We can’t stand services that ask you for things for no apparent reason.)

We don’t share your personal information with anyone except to comply with the law, develop our products, improve our services or protect our rights.

We don’t store personal information on our servers unless required for the on-going operation of our site.

Bike Friendly Kalamazoo (“BFK”) operates several websites, and, and we have Facebook pages related to our mission plus domain names that we may link to or turn into websites now and in the future. It is BFK’s policy to respect your privacy regarding any information we may collect while operating our websites.

Website Visitors

Like most website operators, BFK collects non-personally-identifying information of the sort that web browsers and servers typically make available, such as the browser type, language preference, referring site, and the date and time of each visitor request. Bike Friendly Kalamazoo’s purpose in collecting non-personally identifying information is to better understand how BFK’s visitors use its website. From time to time, BFK may release non-personally-identifying information in the aggregate, e.g., by publishing a report on trends in the usage of its website.

BFK also collects potentially personally-identifying information like Internet Protocol (IP) addresses for logged in users and for users leaving comments on our blogs. BFK only discloses logged in user and commenter IP addresses under the same circumstances that it uses and discloses personally-identifying information as described below, except that blog commenter IP addresses are visible and disclosed to the administrators of the blog where the comment was left.

Gathering of Personally-Identifying Information

Certain visitors to BFK’s websites choose to interact with BFK in ways that require BFK to gather personally-identifying information. The amount and type of information that BFK gathers depends on the nature of the interaction. For example, we ask visitors who comment on our blog to provide a username and email address. Those who wish to receive our updates via email, we collect their emails. In each case, BFK collects such information only insofar as is necessary or appropriate to fulfill the purpose of the visitor’s interaction with BFK. BFK does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below. And visitors can always refuse to supply personally-identifying information, with the caveat that it may prevent them from engaging in certain website-related activities.

Aggregated Statistics

BFK may collect statistics about the behavior of visitors to its websites. For instance, BFK may monitor the most popular pages on the site or use spam screened by the Akismet service to help identify spam. BFK may display this information publicly or provide it to others. However, BFK does not disclose personally-identifying information other than as described below.

Protection of Certain Personally-Identifying Information

BFK discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only to those of its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations that (i) need to know that information in order to process it on BFK’s behalf or to provide services available at BFK’s websites, and (ii) that have agreed not to disclose it to others. Some of those employees, contractors and affiliated organizations may be located outside of your home country; by using BFK’s websites, you consent to the transfer of such information to them. BFK will not rent or sell potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information to anyone. Other than to its employees, contractors and affiliated organizations, as described above, BFK discloses potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information only in response to a subpoena, court order or other governmental request, or when BFK believes in good faith that disclosure is reasonably necessary to protect the property or rights of BFK, third parties or the public at large. If you are a registered user of an BFK website and have supplied your email address, BFK may occasionally send you an email to tell you about new features, solicit your feedback, or just keep you up to date with what’s going on with BFK and our products. We primarily use our various product blogs to communicate this type of information, so we expect to keep this type of email to a minimum. If you send us a request (for example via a support email or via one of our feedback mechanisms), we reserve the right to publish it in order to help us clarify or respond to your request or to help us support other users. Awesome Motive takes all measures reasonably necessary to protect against the unauthorized access, use, alteration or destruction of potentially personally-identifying and personally-identifying information.


A cookie is a string of information that a website stores on a visitor’s computer, and that the visitor’s browser provides to the website each time the visitor returns. BFK uses cookies to help BFK identify and track visitors, their usage of BFK websites, and their website access preferences. BFK visitors who do not wish to have cookies placed on their computers should set their browsers to refuse cookies before using BFK’s websites, with the drawback that certain features of BFK’s websites may not function properly without the aid of cookies.

Business Transfers

If Bike Friendly Kalamazoo, or substantially all of its assets were acquired, or in the unlikely event that BFK goes out of business or enters bankruptcy, user information would be one of the assets that is transferred or acquired by a third party. Our Bylaws and the State of Michigan restrict such transfers to another non-profit corporation. You acknowledge that such transfers may occur, and that any acquirer of BFK may continue to use your personal information as set forth in this policy.


Ads appearing on any of our websites may be delivered to users by advertising partners, who may set cookies. These cookies allow the ad server to recognize your computer each time they send you an online advertisement to compile information about you or others who use your computer. This information allows ad networks to, among other things, deliver targeted advertisements that they believe will be of most interest to you. This Privacy Policy covers the use of cookies by BFK and does not cover the use of cookies by any advertisers.


Comments and other content submitted to Akismet anti-spam service are not saved on our servers unless they were marked as false positives, in which case we store them long enough to use them to improve the service to avoid future false positives.

Privacy Policy Changes

Although most changes are likely to be minor, Bike Friendly Kalamazoo (BFK) may change its Privacy Policy from time to time, and in BFK’s sole discretion. BFK encourages visitors to frequently check this page for any changes to its Privacy Policy. Your continued use of this site after any change in this Privacy Policy will constitute your acceptance of such change.