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Mayor's (Bicycle) Ride

Kalamazoo Bike Week MBR 2021

2021 Kalamazoo Bike Week & Mayor’s (Bicycle) Ride

 * Event Date Changed *  

On Saturday, May 15, 2021, beginning at 9 a.m., the Mayors of the City of Portage and the City of Kalamazoo will lead a 10-mile bike ride to commemorate Kalamazoo Bike Week.  Kalamazoo Bike Week runs from May 8 – 15, 2021. The Mayor’s (Bicycle) Ride, originally scheduled on May 8, 2021, has been rescheduled for May 15 due to the possibility of inclement weather.  This event is free but requires registration.  Visit  apm.activecommunities.com/cityofportageparks/Home to register.  View the route map at www.kalamazoobikeweek.com along with other events scheduled during the week to celebrate cycling.

Kalamazoo Bike Week was initiated in 2012 as a way to raise cycling awareness, promote the use of cycling as a means of transportation and explore the possibilities cycling has to offer.  Organizers aim to celebrate bicycling and the many benefits bicycling brings to the Kalamazoo / Portage community and to promote cycling advocacy, awareness and education.  

Portage Mayor Patricia M. Randall and Kalamazoo Mayor Dave Anderson will celebrate the area’s commitment to the joys of bicycling by participating in this fun event.  “The Mayor’s Bicycle Ride symbolizes the commitment of both the cities of Portage and Kalamazoo have to safe and inner connected bike routes,” said Mayor Randall. 

Kalamazoo Mayor Dave Anderson encourages everyone to join the Mayor’s(Bicycle) Ride.  “Quoting John F. Kennedy, ‘nothing compares to the simple pleasure of riding a bike’” said Anderson.  

This ride on the last 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. "The ride is a great way to experience many types of bicycling amenities in our community and interact with the Mayors on a casual, easy-paced ride." said Paul Selden, Chair of Bike Week.

Participants will be asked to sign a release form and be required to wear a helmet.  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.  In the event of inclement weather, please refer to the Kalamazoo Bike Week inclement weather policy: http://www.kalamazoobicycleclub.org/rides/ride-safety/inclement-weather-policy/.

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