Schedule

BFK’s Fall Bike Celebration is held annually on the third weekend in September. Registration for Sunday’s Bike Tour on Sept. 18, 2022 — featuring our incomparable Shipshewana Century and Vicksburg Quilt Trail routes. It’s not a race, and, E-bikes & recumbents are welcome! Ride registration is open at BikeReg* through Sept. 14 and will be offered on Sunday AM as well.  This wonderfully scenic “Quilt Barn, Bridge & Buggy” Bike Tour of the countryside will take place on Sunday Sept. 18 starting and ending on the grounds of the Vicksburg Historic Village (next to the Pavilion). BREAKING NEWS: BFK’s Fall Bike Celebration is presented by financial services firm STIFEL in 2022!

Everyone who registers for Sunday’s ride in advance online will get a coupon for a free cyclist’s Ice Cream cone at Apple Knocker’s Ice Cream Parlor and a coupon good for a discount at the Distant Whistle Brewhouse.  

Want to make a weekend out of your travels?  Check out the Vicksburg Quilt Trail: Virtual Overview and the The Mill at Vicksburg: Virtual Overview (available any time per links below).  You can find other added attractions in the area (such as Angels Crossing Golf Course and Vicksburg’s Frisbie Disc Golf Course) on TripAdvisor, Expedia and Ticketmaster.

Sunday’s Ride Registration is at BikeReg.

At a Glance

Friday, September 16, 2022

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Details

Friday, September 16, 2022

Fire up for the autumnal equinox!

Start your Fall Bike Celebration Weekend in the quaint and friendly Village of Vicksburg, MI. This charming Southwest Michigan community…where everyone seems to know each other and is willing to lend a hand…offers a warm welcome for cyclists and bicyclists. Vicksburg is a great place to explore, with many restaurant choices. Get directions here.

Try Frisbie Golf

Try Disc Golf for free. Have fun during Open Play at Vicksburg’s top-rated Disc Golf Course, set in the heart of Vicksburg’s Recreation Area (official address: 12538 S. Sprinkle Road). DG Course Review rated Vicksburg’s Disc Golf course in the top five within a 100 miles* and it has played host to a PDGA amateur national championship. The course offers views of nearby Sunset Lake and provides an amazing opportunity for fun and outdoor adventure with permanent baskets and the challenge offered by a national course.  (*as of June 30, 2019) Get directions here.

Vicksburg Historic Village (1-5pm)

The Vicksburg Historic Village will transport you back in time to the turn of the century (1890-1932). The wonderfully designed village offers period buildings teeming with historic artifacts that tell the story of life in a small rural village. What’s more, it is conveniently located next to the Farmer’s Market. Friday’s hours are repeated on Saturday and Sunday. We are happily featuring it as one of the many special attractions Vicksburg has to offer as it welcomes everyone on this Fall Bike Celebration Weekend. Docents will be on hand from time to time to provide helpful background and answer your questions. The Historic Village will be open from 11am to 5pm.

NEW for ’22! Request a guided tour through email to info@vicksburghistory.org by 9/9.

Location: 300 N Richardson St, Vicksburg, MI 49097. Get directions here.

Vicksburg Farmers Market: Cycle-In! (2-6pm)

Bicycle to the Farmers Market and get a $5 Customer Appreciation Coupon while supplies last.* Bicycling is wholesome fun and great exercise, so how hard can riding your bike to the Vicksburg Farmers Market be? The food is farm fresh and the pies and muffins scrumptious. Stop by and you’ll find out what makes this one of the most popular farmers markets in the area. A visit to the Farmers Market will give you a chance to admire the beautiful pavilion itself. The Timber Framers Guild put every one of those 30,000 board feet of lumber to good use in their wonderful open air pavilion–check out the joinery. Turn bicycling to the Farmers Market into your outdoor adventure or personal exercise challenge this weekend, rain or shine! *WOW – The first 30 bicyclists will be eligible to receive this $5 coupon, courtesy of the Farmers Market and Bike Friendly Kalamazoo, subject to the policies of the Vicksburg Farmers Market. Location: 300 N. Richardson St. Get directions here.

Transforming Infrastructure For The Modern Cyclist (4-5pm)

Creating Multi-Modal Roadways in Southwest Michigan

City of Kalamazoo representative George Waring will provide an overview of the Kalamazoo Streets Design Manual, thinking about street/area context, and planning for use of right-of-way (ROW) and roadways by more users than just vehicles. Designing for multi-modal transportation links methods of transportation beyond just bike and vehicles, but how vehicles, bikes, bus, rail, and pedestrians all interact to create a safe and cohesive system that meets the needs of users in all demographics. Kalamazoo is taking major steps towards achieving the goal of being a multi-modal transportation community.

A link to the session will be emailed the morning of the meeting to the attendees pre-registered as of 9am. If you wish to attend but did not pre-register, please email the address at the bottom of the screen – if there is time we may be able to send you a link. 🙂

Saturday, September 17, 2022

Bike Rodeo! (10am-noon)

Bring your kiddos and their bikes for a FREE bike safety rodeo—yeehaw! Designed to teach and encourage kids to ride bikes safely, the rodeo will include a helmet check, a bike mechanical check, and the opportunity to ride in a closed traffic skills course that teaches the rules of the road.

Families and their children are welcome to join the event at any time—you need not be there at the start or stay until the end. This fun “short course” bicycling event will take place in the parking lot at Sunset Elementary School. Typical challenges such as mounting and dismounting the bicycle, changing direction and turning, steering through tight spaces, weaving, showing the ability to stop quickly, turning around, riding the bicycle very slowly while maintaining balance, and learning to maneuver in tight turns create realistic fun learning opportunities. Basic rules of the road will be taught.

The Bike Rodeo is organized by Sawyer Duncan, the first PE teacher in SW Michigan to lead the All Kids Bike Kindergarten PE Program through the Vicksburg Community Schools.

Location: Sunset Elementary School, 201 N Boulevard St, Vicksburg, MI 49097. Get directions here.

Click here for a nifty Bike Rodeo flyer.

Public Bike Mural Exhibit (2-3pm)

Meet artist Ellen VanderMyde and view an exhibit showcasing progress made on the area’s first public mural dedicated to depicting the joys of bicycling. The mural is being painted on a building owned by local business leader Clark Logic.

Bike Friendly Kalamazoo’s innovative Public Mural program launched in 2022. The goal is to express the joys of bicycling throughout area municipalities in public spaces. Patrick Hershberger, Chair of the Kalamazoo County Public Art Commission (KCPAC) and Bike Friendly Kalamazoo Chair Paul Selden will be on hand to discuss the role of KCPAC in the greater community and more about BFK’s mural program.

Bike Friendly Kalamazoo has long been a champion of the many positive values embodied in bicycling. BFK appreciates that the arts and other creative, soul lifting endeavors can add even more joy and interest to the bicycling experience. Its public mural program is meant to encourage bicycling and to remind motorists to be careful around cyclists. BFK’s programs related to the artistic enhancement of public spaces – whether on the road or on the trails – help make cycling more rewarding for everyone. This mural is made possible through the generosity of the Michigan Arts and Culture Council, the Arts Council of Greater Kalamazoo and Bike Friendly Kalamazoo. The exhibit is made possible through the support of the Prairie Ronde Artist Gallery.

Location: Prairie Ronde Artist Gallery, 101 E Prairie St, Vicksburg, MI 49097 Get directions here.

Vicksburg Historic Village (1-5pm)

The Vicksburg Historic Village will transport you back in time to the turn of the century (1890-1932). The wonderfully designed village offers period buildings teeming with historic artifacts that tell the story of life in a small rural village. What’s more, it is located right next door to the Vicksburg Community Pavilion! It has the same hours as on Friday … we’re happily featuring it as one of the many special attractions Vicksburg has to offer as it welcomes everyone on this Fall Bike Celebration Weekend!

NEW for ’22! Join a Village docent for two free guided tours by meeting at the Depot at 12:15 and 1:15. The tour lasts about 45 minutes and will go through the entirety of the Historic Village.

Location: 300 N Richardson St; Vicksburg MI 49097 Get directions here.

Pre-Registered Bike Tour Rider Packet Pick-Up (4-7pm)

By golly we are going first class by giving pre-registered Bike Tour riders a way to pick up their information on Saturday and enjoy a delicious Cyclists Ice Cream Cone at Apple Knockers Ice Cream Parlor. This year we are giving pre-registered riders a special treat by making it possible to enjoy your ice cream Saturday OR Sunday any time Apple Knockers is open after packet pickup! PLUS – pre-registered riders who pick up their packets and get their wrist bands in person at the Ice Cream Social can start the ride without getting your packet/wrist band at the Day-Of Registration desk on Sunday! Apple Knockers Location: 220 W Prairie St, Vicksburg, MI 49097 Get directions here.

Ice Cream Social at Apple Knockers Ice Cream Parlor (4-7pm)

Pre-registration for Sunday’s Bike Tour includes a tasty cyclist’s-size cone at one of the best ice cream parlors/waterfront restaurants around, served at Apple Knockers Ice Cream Parlor on the shores of Sunset Lake. Bring your camera — thar’s a ship that’s ready to sail out of the Apple Knocker wharf that you won’t want to miss. Location: 220 W Prairie St, Vicksburg, MI 49097 Get directions here.

Dining in the Village

Stroll through Vicksburg, perhaps catching some views of Sunset Lake and dinner at a local restaurant as a pleasant way to conclude your day? Local venues may offer live entertainment with food and beverage items on the side. Or is it the other way around?  Or could the entertainment be the owner, your server or a trusted circle of ride buddies? Location(s): Vicksburg, MI 49097 Get directions here.

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Fall Bike Celebration Bike Tour (7:30am-5pm)

All routes start & finish at Vicksburg Historic Village
Registration Opens: 7:30am – Registration Closes: Noon – Ride/Area Clean Up & Close: 5pm
Routes, Suggested Start Times, Approximate Distances on Routes page
All routes will be well marked, with water, food, snacks and treats at key locations. Camaraderie and smiles all around are a sure thing. A choice of delicious chicken and veggie wraps at ride’s end. Route maps and cue sheets will be provided.

For details, please see the Bike Tour web page. Get more info here.

Location: 300 N Richardson St, Vicksburg, MI 49097 Get directions here.

On any given day these routes are hauntingly beautiful, offer stunning photo ops and are best experienced at a bicyclist’s pace. Sharp-eyed riders should be able to find at least one of the Vicksburg Quilt Trail paintings on every route. No other community in Southwest Michigan has such a trail.

On-Line Any Time

Vicksburg Quilt Trail: Virtual Overview

The Quilt Trail movement began in Ohio in 2001 and spread country wide. The Vicksburg Quilt Trail is the only one of its kind in Southwest Michigan, spanning some two dozen large paintings, each telling a unique story. Learn about how the quilts honor Native American spiritual elements, Biblical passages, commemorate inspirational teachings, or even echo a Signal Quilt pattern for enslaved people escaping north. This overview is presented by by Kitch Rinehart, passionate and foresighted co-organizer of the Vicksburg Quilt Trail. She explains how the Quilt Trail sites were chosen and how to paint your own. Anyone – including cyclists wanting to learn more about these magnificent paintings – interested in learning more about the quilt paintings should make a point of viewing this engrossing visual, cultural and historical history tour.

Supported by a grant from The Vicksburg Foundation.

Click here for the link to the presentation.

The Mill at Vicksburg: Virtual Overview

This video overview presents one of the most ambitious renovation projects in southwest Michigan, inspired by a former Vicksburg resident with deep roots in the community. The $80 million renovation project includes plans for craft beverage production, lodging and conference spaces, multiple indoor performance and gathering places, plus over 100 acres of beautiful grounds that will eventually play host to outdoor events.

You can drive by the site to see it in person from the road at 300 W Hwy St, Vicksburg, MI 49097. Get directions here.

View a virtual project overview by clicking here.

There will be more to the BFK’s Fall Bike Celebration Weekend in the years to come, if the fantastic citizens of our greater community have anything to say about it. We hope you can join us in this great annual event.

Register online through BikeReg to take advantage of online pricing or pay in person on Ride day. 

* Schedule is subject to change without notice.