REMEMBER – THE INFORMATION THAT FOLLOWS IS FOR 2019 AND IN THE PROCESS OF BEING UPDATED.
Signing up for the Fall Bike Celebration Ride and our Awards & Recognition Social Hour and Dinner fundraiser is easy! Register or donate online through September 17 at BikeReg, or pay in person on Ride day or at the door at Social Hour / Dinner (limited tickets). Please scroll down for fees and early bird discount schedules, which are all on BikeReg’s secure site*, as well. BFK itself keeps none of your sensitive payment information — all of that is handled by BikeReg. Want to pick up your packet on Friday to beat the rush? Please see the Schedule page for pre-registration packet pick up details.
Attention all riders…and all riders belonging to incorporated 501c3 clubs.
– Our Fall Bike Celebration Ride is participating in LMB’s $1/rider program.
– BFK believes that healthy riding clubs make for more bike friendly communities, which is why we started BFK’s “Great Clubs, Great Riders” $1 Back-2-Clubs program. Meaning, we are ALSO pledging to donate $1 back to clubs, per each club member* who declares their membership at our registration desk! This means $100 back to your club for every 100 members who have registered and show up to ride. Hey, it can’t hurt, right? (*One club per rider; 501c3 incorporated riding clubs; our decisions “final”; our lawyers happy?; our CPA-who knows; our mission-fulfilled; our president-thrilled! Click here for additional important details, limitations, etc.).
EXCITING UPDATE: BFK has received a last-minute unexpected donation that means that if your cycling advocacy or riding organization is an eligible 501c3, it may be eligible for a challenge donation amounting to a 5X booster for BFK’s own “Great Clubs, Great Rider’s” program, and, the challenge applies to Ride AND Dinner online registrations until online sales close on September 17. Please email us for details; we can let you know if your organization is eligible fairly quickly. In the meantime be sure to let us know your Affiliation when you register online. No guarantees until we confirm eligibility, but it won’t hurt to do so.
We have other goodies in store for you when you register, such as a $35 ROAD iD for ONLY $25. Select this offer when you check out, to add-on a fully customize-able ROAD iD of your choice for $25. There are other offers as well, too many to list here. We have some other surprises in store for you at packet pickup and on Ride day.
Proceeds from this Ride and Dinner will also go to a variety of worthy community such as Generous Hands and South County Community Services. If you can, please help us fight hunger in children by bringing a non-perishable food or hygiene item (click here for items in need).
We are partnering with Generous Hands (allied with Kalamazoo Loaves and Fishes) to serve as a food drive collection point. See below for more on the community based spirit of this great weekend.
This may be our inaugural year, but we know for sure that your donations to Generous Hands will help those in need!
FALL BIKE CELEBRATION RIDE
Routes (all start/finish at Vicksburg, MI Middle School)
- Shipshewana – 71 mi.; 115 km
- Climax – 38 mi.
- Scotts Mill Park – 24 mi.
- Vicksburg Quilt Trail North & South Loops – 16 mi. ea.
- Family Trail – 5 mi. out & back ttl.
- Escorted Family Trail – 5 mi. out & back
- Kid’s ‘N’ Cruisers Bike Parade – approx. 1/4 mi. (escorted)
Within our last start and closing time parameters, feel free to ride more than one route to fit your mileage goals to build the perfect day. For example, Climax+Vicksburg Quilt Trail South Loop=54 miles. Vicksburg Quilt Trail North+South=32 miles (51.5 km). (See Routes page for start times and more information on the many wonderful journeys we have in store, and the Schedule page for featured attractions the whole weekend.
- Early Bird (Through August 7): $25 Individuals; $45 Families
- Pre-Event (Closes Sept 17): $30 Individuals; $55 Families
On site Registraton (Sept 21): $35 Individuals; $65 Families
AWARDS & RECOGNITION SOCIAL HOUR / DINNER
- Early Bird (Through August 7): $40 Individuals
- Pre-Event (Closes Sept 17): $45 Individuals
At the Door (September 21): $50 Individuals
Venue: Creekside Grille at Angels Crossing; Vicksburg, MI
Honored Guests: Mayor Patricia Randall and City Manager Larry Shaffer of the City of Portage, President Bill Adams and Village Manager Jim Mallery of the Village of Vicksburg, City of Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell and Kalamazoo County Board of Commissioners Chair Julie Rogers. Honor those who have helped cycling, just by joining them for some socialization and dinner!
Dinner will feature an informal style to facilitate plenty of camaraderie, buffet dining & dessert, with beer and wine served* as well.
Oh yeah — T-Shirts are available for purchase through BikeReg when registering for a Ride!! The design is being lovingly created just for our 2019 Fall Bike Celebration. Our $15 price* will not increase through September 21. Only limited quantities will be available during Ride day on September 21. Reserve yours now or face the consequences of serious regret and jealous emotion as you behold those who planned in advance and purchased them online. Due to logistics, online sales close September 12.
No, we are not giving them away since every dollar we are lucky enough to clear over our expenses for this shindig is going straight to worthy 501(c)3 charitable causes.
FRIDAY NIGHT – ADVANCE REGISTRATION PACKET PICK UP
At the Ice Cream Social (Apple Knockers in Vicksburg)
If you register online in advance you can skip the crowds (we hope!) and pick up your registration packets in Vicksburg Friday night. Of course, we aren’t going to throw yours away if you don’t pick them up on Friday, so you can pick them up at the Ride registration table we will have at the Vicksburg Middle School. What’s left will be hauled over to the Dinner venue. We won’t overthink it here. Don’t want to be accused of being wordy. Or verbose. Or of writing ungrammatically short sentences. Just. For. Emphasis.
You’ll get an email about Advance Registration Packet Pickup if you register in advance. You can ask us why we didn’t just say that in the first place when you see “us.”
Event day registration will open at Vicksburg Middle School starting at 7 a.m. You can register right up until 20 minutes before the suggested LAST start time for each route. Who knows what will happen if you are running really late and make a scene. Check out the Route page for descriptions of all the fantastic options and the Schedule page for many of the compelling reasons why we are so fired up about BFK’s Fall Bike Celebration. P.S. Someone must have been to a business seminar, if that someone is throwing around phrases like “compelling reasons,” huh?
Registered participants will be emailed more information, tips on lodging, etc., in plenty of time before this gala bike-fest of a weekend rolls out.
*Online registration for 2019 is open through September 17 at BikeReg. Day-of registration will also be available. Liability waivers must be completed in order to participate in the Ride and all of its routes. Your fees will support many worthy community and bicycling causes. This is a rain or shine fundraising event and all sales are final. Bike Friendly Kalamazoo is an IRS registered 501(c)3 Michigan nonprofit; your Event fees will be deductible to the fullest extent of the law. We’ll double-check with our Treasurer to see whether you’ll be charged tax on your T-Shirt purchase, but by golly as of this moment, you may not be…hey, we’re going to leave it to BikeReg and we’ll see how smart their checkout system is.
Bike Friendly Kalamazoo is a 501(c)3 IRS registered public charity and a Michigan nonprofit corporation. We are a community-based coalition of many riding groups and allied civic organizations. Your support and participation in this event 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!
*BikeReg adds a service fee to online purchases. As this event is a fundraiser for charitable causes, we are kindly asking you to consider the added security that BikeReg offers plus the fact that if BFK “absorbed” this fee for you, it would reduce the amount we could put toward our mission. Thanks for understanding!