Kalamazoo Bike Week Offers Several Events to Celebrate Cycling

Kalamazoo Bike Week, which runs May 12-19, 2017, is all about celebrating cycling. It promotes cycling advocacy, awareness, education and most importantly, fun. Many events are planned this year. Visit kalamazoobikeweek.com to view all of the events.

Bicycle Safety Camp Adventure

The 2018 Bicycle Safety Camp Adventure will be held on Saturday, May 12 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Haverhill Park (6577 Hampton Street). Kids in need will receive a free bicycle helmet and helmet fitting (bicycle must be present). Learn about bike safety on an obstacle course and ride a segment of the Northwest Portage Bikeway with Portage Police bike officers and Park Rangers! Take a picture with local mascots and get “hands on” with a fire truck, ambulance and police car. Local bike mechanics will be available to “tune up” your ride. The event is free and open to the public!

National Ride Your Bike to Work Day

Join others throughout the country, your co-workers and friends ride to work on Friday, May 18, 2018. More than half of the U.S. population lives within five miles of their workplace, making bicycling a feasible and fun way to get to work. With increased interest in healthy, sustainable and economic transportation options, it’s not surprising that, from 2000 to 2011, the number of bicycle commuters in the U.S. grew by more than 47 percent.

Mayor’s City-to-City Ride

Join Mayors Patricia Randall of Portage and Bobby Hopewell of Kalamazoo on an 8-mile route as they ride from Portage, into Kalamazoo and then back to Portage on Saturday, May 19. Meet at Portage Creek Bicentennial Park Trail on Milham Avenue (910 East Milham Avenue). Arrive by 8:30 a.m. to register for this free ride, which starts promptly at 9 a.m.  This easy-paced ride on the final day of Kalamazoo Bike Week will highlight portions of the planned inter-jurisdictional Southwest Michigan Bikeway, the Portage trail and bike lane system, bike lanes and routes in Kalamazoo and a scenic overlook of the proposed Kalamazoo-Portage trail connection along Portage Creek. Bike helmets are required and children must be accompanied by an adult. While a good portion of the route is made up of off-road trails or pathways, some of the route uses paved shoulder bicycle lanes adjacent to city streets and may not be suitable for young children. To view the Mayor’s City-to-City Ride route map, visit https://ridewithgps.com/routes/27102829.