UPDATES COMING SOON! Until then, much of this information probably won’t change a lot for 2021.
BFK’s Fall Bike Celebration 2020 will be held on the third weekend in September, 2020 (Sept. 18-20, 2020). Go to our BIKEREG site to register for the RIDE, which will take place on Sunday Sept. 20, 2020. The ride will be supported with maps, SAG stops and routes will be clearly marked.
DAY-OF RIDE REGISTRATIONS. Yes, we are allowing it and will manage day-of entries accordingly; many other compact rides in our area have successfully allowed them in the past few weeks. With unexpected costs and credit card company taking their fees off the top, we would prefer you to pay in cash and have “exact change” for the $40 Individual and $70 Family registration. We can take credit cards, but prefer cash or personal checks. To improve social distancing, you can register to ride a certain route up until 20 minutes before the suggested LAST start time for each route. Normally we would be more flexible, but this is not such a normal year, huh?
HEALTH CONSIDERATIONS. And yes, BFK also 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, hand sanitizer and disinfectant wipes available. 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.)
Signing up for the Fall Bike Celebration Ride is easy! Register or donate online through September 17 at BikeReg. 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 early 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.).
We have other goodies in store for you when you register ONLINE, such as a $35 ROAD iD for ONLY $25. Select this offer when you check out online, 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 may have some other surprises in store for you on Ride day.
Proceeds will also go to a variety of worthy community such as Generous Hands and South County Community Services. Please help us fight hunger in children by bringing a jar of peanut butter to donate.
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.
Your donations to Generous Hands will help those in need!
FALL BIKE CELEBRATION RIDE
Many Routes! All will start/finish at Vicksburg Historic Village in Vicksburg, MI; others will use SAG Stops 1, 2 and 3 as noted. Please see other details on the Routes page. Emergency numbers will be printed on the maps. To reduce crowding, please depart within a window 30 minutes before and no later than your latest start time, below.
- Shipshewana Century (103 miles; latest start: 8:15am; SAGs 1, 2 & 3)
- Shipshewana “Hybrid” Imperial-Metric (83 miles; latest start: 9am; SAGs 1 & 2)
- Covered Bridge Metric Century (62 miles; latest start: 10am; SAG 2)
- Half Century Imperial and Metric “mix ‘n’ match” combo possibilities (up to you!)
- Climax (38 miles; latest start: 10:30am; SAG 3)
- Scotts Mill Park (25 miles; latest start: 11:30am; SAG 3)
- Vicksburg Quilt Trail North & South Loops (17-ish miles each; latest start: noon)
- Vicksburg Recreational Trail (4-5 miles; latest start: 3pm)
SAG STOP OPENING/CLOSING – Please plan accordingly
1. Shipshewana routes: Lions Club Pavilion – N735 W; 9:45am – 12:45pm
2. Centreville: Adams Park- 8:30am – 2:00pm
3. Scotts Mill Park: 8:30am – 4:00pm
DAY OF RIDE PARKING and BIKE PROTOCOL To reduce the number of people on the grounds of the Historic Village at any one time, please leave your bikes in your vehicles before and after the ride. Try to limit bringing them on the grounds a much as possible. Walk to the registration area. Observe your start windows, below.
Shipshewana 103, 83 and Covered Bridge 62 Routes: Park in the two paved lots directly to the west across the road from the Historic Village (Trust Shield Insurance and the little park on either side of the the intersection of Richardson St. and North St. Your start and finish will be right from this
All Other Routes: Park as directed on or elsewhere near the grounds of the Historic Village.
We will have volunteers directing traffic on the day of the ride. Please enter the Historic Village grounds on foot whenever possible.
Within our last start and closing time parameters, feel free to combine 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=33 miles (53 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.
Super Early-Bird (ends January 1, 2020): Half Off On site Registration
Early-Bird (June 1 – August 31): $27.50 Individual; $50 Family
Advance (September 1-17): $30 Individual; $55 Family
On site Registraton (Sunday Sept 20): $40 Individual; $70 Family
T-SHIRT SALES – T-Shirts are available for purchase through Sept. 10 at noon on BikeReg. This sweet design was lovingly created just for our inaugural Fall Bike Celebration. Our $15 price* will increase to $20 on the day of the ride, with slightly higher prices for some of the largest sizes. Yes, our supplier and therefore we have been hit by price increases. Only very limited quantities will be available on Ride day. In any event, we suggest ordering yours by Sept 10, or face the consequences of serious regret and jealous emotion as you behold those who planned in advance and purchased them online and can pick them on ride day.
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. No, they will look normal and not like this stretched out image of nightshirts. Grrr. We appreciate your support! And yes, the Sponsors side will be updated for 2020. 🙂
BREAKING NEWS as of Sept 19 — we MAY offer to take T-Shirt orders on Ride Day, for later local pickup plus a nominal handling fee since they must be individually bagged and stored.
ADVANCE PRE-REGISTRATION PACKET PICK UP
Saturday from noon-1pm at the Apple Knockers Ice Cream Parlor in Vicksburg
If you register online in advance you can skip the crowds and pick up your registration packets in Vicksburg on Saturday (see the Schedule for times). Of course, we aren’t going to throw yours away if you don’t pick them up on Saturday, so you can pick them up at the day-of Ride registration table at the Vicksburg Historic Village. What’s not picked up will be donated. 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 Pre-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.”
On event day the registration desk will open at Vicksburg Historic Village starting at 730am. 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. We will be asking riders to observe the start time windows for their routes to avoid crowding.
*Online registration for 2020 is open through September 17 at BikeReg. Day-of registration MAY 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 unless we need to cancel the Ride entirely for unforseen reasons. We are offering lots of options during BikeReg’s registration process in case we have to completely cancel (say, due to COVID-19 or other extreme situation). You can register with confidence knowing you may choose between four options in case BFK must cancel the Ride: 1) refund (less non-refundable fees); 2) transfer of registration to our Ride in 2021; 3) charitable donation of registration fees (less non-refundable fees); 4) Flexible solo/family/trusted circle Ride with meal card(s) and maps provided by BFK. With an event as compact as ours – and with so many routes and starting times – we are optimistic.As of now we will be able to offer a delicious ice cream cone and meal card(s) and a map to those opting for the “solo/family/trusted circle/virtual” cancellation option! Those choosing this option understand that routes may or may not be marked at the time you choose to ride, and that no SAG support will be provided by BFK. 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. T-Shirts must be picked up on Ride Day; we can’t afford to ship them for these prices or store them after the day of the ride.
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. 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!