The recently released “KATS Pedestrian, Greenways, and Transit Plan” provides intriguing guidelines for “a network of both on-street and off-road bicycle and pedestrian facilities” that would more than double the existing infrastructure and link it more closely with transit routes. As noted in the plan document, the Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study (KATS) plan “lays out a prioritization and implementation guide that KATS can use to track completion of projects. The public can use this plan to understand where and when new non-motorized projects will be constructed in the future.” As members of “the public,” KBC members are encouraged to read (and savor!) the plan and then do what’s possible to encourage local municipalities to allocate funding and apply for grants to help make the dreams put forth in the Plan become reality. Boosting bicycling infrastructure from 250 miles to 525 miles would be well worth the effort. The Executive Summary is available here (KATS Plan Summary pdf file 2.7 mBytes) and with the entire KATS Pedestrian, Greenways, and Transit Plan at http://katsmoves.org/documents/.
The Alamo Township Board allocated funds to repair the nasty stretch of pavement on West AB Ave that has been a hazard (aka bicycle handling feature) on KBC Wednesday Nite Rides for many years. That stretch of road is now a short, but beautifully smooth, ribbon of new pavement.
Even though the gleeful cheers cannot be heard in the photo below, KBC members on a recent Wednesday Nite Ride expressed thanks to the powers-that-be for a job well done.
Kalamazoo Township joined Oshtemo Township, Kalamazoo & Portage by enacting the very same 5-foot ordinance at its Board meeting on May 22. Supervisor Ron Reid and Trustee Steve Leuty were the key players responsible for getting it done.
The Chain Gang’s first annual Finish the Ride Memorial ride, to remember the victims and honor the survivors of the 2016 Kalamazoo Cycling Tragedy, will take place on June 7, 2017. For more information about this ride please visit the Chain Gang website http://www.thechaingang.club/memorial-rides.html
The sixth annual Kalamazoo Area Bike Week (KABW) is just around the corner. The week begins on Saturday, May 13th, with the Kal Haven Trailblazer and the Mayor’s City to City Ride, and it concludes on Saturday, May 20th, with the Bell’s to Bell’s Bike Ride followed by the Open Roads’ Bike-a-Palooza. See the KABW website for more information.
On Saturday, April 29th, several KBC members devoted a couple hours to picking up a boatload (well…trailerload) of trash along a half-mile stretch of 12th Street, just south of Parkview, in Oshtemo Township. Then, our trusty treasurer
deposited the loot at the Oshtemo Township Hall, as part of the Townships periodic trash drop-off day. Doug won the “best trash prize” when he found a discarded fire extinguisher. (Left to right in the group photo are John Hart, Paul and Pam Sotherland, Doug Kirk, Robin Sides, Barb Hart, and Kathy Kirk. And, Mike Boersma is poised on the right for the get-away.)