The Kalamazoo Bicycle Club’s 2018 Friend of Bicycling Award was presented recently to Pedal for their long-standing support of bicycling in the Kalamazoo area. The KBC appreciates and recognizes Pedal’s many laudable activities, including their support for several bicycling organizations: Kalamazoo Bicycle Club, Tri Kats, Southwest Michigan Bike Association, the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail and the Maple Hill mountain bike trail at Markin Glen in addition to providing leadership and assistance with weekly rides. Pedal regularly provides professional mechanics who assist with bike fits at KBC’s annual Bike Camp and provides mechanical support at events such as the BTR Criterium. For more information about the 2018 Friend of Bicycling Award, please see the February 2018 PedalPress.
Click on the red “[Read More…]” for a video short on the new velodrome near Detroit and then read more about it in the February 2018 PedalPress.
A Club Account at Ride with GPS is available for all members of the Kalamazoo Bicycle Club. When using the Club Account, KBC members will have all the added features of a paid “Premium” account at Ride with GPS. A primary use of a Club Account is accessing the route library – a repository of routes the Club continues to compile that includes regular weekly ride routes, KBC annual event routes (such as the Ride to South Haven, Ride Around Kalamazoo, etc.), Kal-Tour routes, and member-submitted routes.
And, if having access to the KBC Club Account is of interest to you, learn more about becoming a member of KBC at the Members page on the KBC website.
Kalamazoo College teamed up recently with the City of Kalamazoo to create a bike route from the east end of the “Westwood Wiggle” to the west edge of downtown Kalamazoo at Stadium Drive. With a gift from an anonymous donor, Kalamazoo College funded installation of bike route signs, along with many “five-foot” signs, through its campus, along Academy St. The new route extends into the West Main Hill neighborhood, where the new route connects with another newly established bike route, called by some the “Westwood Wiggle,” through the Westwood neighborhood in Kalamazoo Township and west to Drake Rd. The new bike route’s green line through K’s campus (see map below) has been dubbed the “Manstrom Meander,” in honor of Paul Manstrom, soon-to-be-retired Director of K’s Facilities Management (shown with signs below the map), and his tireless efforts to help make K as “green” as possible. As in the past, this effort to improve Kalamazoo’s bicycling and pedestrian infrastructure was brought to fruition through patient and persistent work (exerted over nearly a year) by Rebekah Kik, Community Planning and Development Director for the City of Kalamazoo.
Oshtemo Township recently completed renovating KL Ave between 9th and 8th streets and striped that half-mile stretch of road to provide 3.5 feet of paved shoulder by limiting the road lane for motorists to 10.5 feet. Providing that additional six inches of space for bicyclists (see photos below) was no mean feat. Credit for making this happen goes to Marc Elliott, Director of Public Works for Oshtemo Township, and Ryan Russell, civil engineer at Prein & Newhof. Oversight (and encouragement) was provided by Libby Heiny-Cogswell, Oshtemo Township Supervisor. Though Libby noted, “Nothing slower than progress!,” progress was made. Thank you!!