Please take a few minutes to click on “[Read More],” and then click on the link to the Kalamazoo Bike Survey https://www.opentownhall.com/portals/232/Issue_6260. The time you spend completing the survey will help improve the transportation infrastructure in Kalamazoo.
As in years past, the last Sunday in June is KalTour Day. With routes for beginning and experienced cyclists, KBC’s KalTour, also known as Kalamazoo Scenic Bicycle Tour, provides opportunities to enjoy the scenic rural roads of the Kalamazoo County.
This year’s KalTour, on June 24th, features all new routes and a new starting/ending point at Schoolcraft High School. Participants may choose from four routes: 15 miles, 31 miles, 62 miles (metric century), or a 100 mile (century). There will also be an option for a short, escorted family ride. All routes are marked with colored arrows painted at intersections, electronic maps will be available through Ride with GPS, and printed maps will be provided at check-in. Starting KalTour from Schoolcraft High School provides ready access to low-traffic and flat, rural roads.
KalTour is a supported ride. Scheduled stops include access to restrooms, water and snacks. And lunch, provided by Erbelli’s, is available on each of the routes. Local bike shops provide mechanical support along the routes as well. This year’s century route will will guide cyclists “around Kalamazoo County,” stopping at Scotts Mill and Markin Glen County Parks as well as at the State Fish Hatchery. The 31 and 62 mile routes will also stop at Scotts Mill, while the family and 15 mile routes will have a rest stop at Prairie View County Park.
Early registration, available through June 22 online at https://www.kalamazoobicycleclub.org/events/kaltour/, is $30 for individuals and $55 for families, with no additional processing charges. Day-of-ride registration fees are $35 for individuals and $65 for families. For more information contact: Michael Krischer, KalTour Director email@example.com
KalTour opens at 7:00 a.m., registration is open until 11:00 a.m., and course support ends at 4:00 p.m. Cyclists riding the 100 mile route must depart by 8:30 AM; 62 mile riders must leave by 10:00 AM. Three group rides will be available: a fast 62 mile ride, led by the KBC race team, leaves at 9:00 AM; a moderately-paced 31 mile group leaves at 9:30 AM; and the escorted family ride leaves at 10:00 AM. Helmets are required at all KBC events. Headphones are prohibited while riding KalTour. Riders under 18 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
A portion of the proceeds from KalTour is donated by KBC to the Kalamazoo Valley Ambucs to help purchase adaptive tricycles and bicycles for children and adults with disabilities.
The non-profit Kalamazoo Bicycle Club was formed in 1971 to promote bicycling in the region. The club’s activities include bike safety and advocacy, club rides, racing, touring, and development of a bicycle-friendly infrastructure in the Kalamazoo region. For more information visit https://www.kalamazoobicycleclub.org/
Following the guilty verdict of Charles Pickett Jr., who was convicted in a jury trial of second degree murder and operating under the influence causing death in a motor vehicle crash involving bicyclists in 2016, Kalamazoo Bicycle Club president Renee Mitchell released a statement that said, “The Kalamazoo Bicycle Club thanks the jury for holding Mr. Pickett accountable on all charges in his recent trial for the 2016 bicycle crash in which five cyclists were killed and four seriously injured. The guilty verdict supports the surviving cyclists, families of the cyclists, and the community as they continue to heal and rebuild their lives. This tragedy affected cyclists around the world. We are thankful for this outcome and hope that over time those greatly impacted will find peace.”
Mitchell said the Kalamazoo Bicycle Club also extends thanks and appreciation to the law enforcement community and the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor’s Office for their diligent work to bring this case to justice.
“Continued efforts to make cycling safer are imperative so that our community never experiences a tragedy like this again,” Mitchell said. “In addition to providing safe roadways, the Kalamazoo Bike Club recognizes the need for further work in fighting substance abuse and keeping impaired drivers off the road. In 2016 alone, there were three occasions where vehicles struck cycling groups in our community and in each case the driver of the vehicle was impaired.”
“In solidarity with the victims, their families, and the cycling community, the Kalamazoo Bicycle Club is committed to promoting safe cycling and improving the relationships between all roadway users in our community, motorized and non-motorized alike.”
The non-profit Kalamazoo Bicycle Club was formed in 1971 to promote bicycling in the region. The club’s activities include bike safety advocacy, club rides, racing, touring, and development of a bicycle-friendly infrastructure.
Bike Camp is the Kalamazoo Bicycle Club’s education and training program for beginning cyclists and people returning to bicycling. Now in its thirteenth year, Bike Camp focuses on road cycling and combines both instructional and on-the-road training. Renee Mitchell, KBC President notes that, “Bike Camp is a great way for anyone to learn safe cycling in a no-pressure environment.” If you want to improve your bicycling skills, build confidence in riding on the road, or learn more about maintaining your bike, consider attending Bike Camp 2018.
Bike Camp consists of five sessions, starting with an orientation and information session on Thursday, May 10th, followed by four consecutive Saturday morning information and riding sessions, starting May 12th and ending June 2nd. Specific topics covered in Bike Camp include bike fit for better comfort and efficiency, bicycle laws, navigating safely on the road with traffic, bicycle handling skills, basic bicycle mechanics, and training to reach fitness goals. Each Saturday session includes on-the-road group rides led by experienced mentors. The group rides are organized by pace and distance to accommodate everyone’s fitness level.
In addition to the educational and training sessions, Bike Camp includes a one-year membership to the Kalamazoo Bicycle Club and registration in this year’s KalTour, the club’s Kalamazoo Scenic Bicycle Tour, which takes place in late June.
To register for Bike Camp please visit : www.kalamazoobicycleclub.org/events/bike-camp/.
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.