June 2014 President’s Letter

KBC Well Represented at Annual League of Michigan Bicyclists Advocacy Day

On Wednesday, May 21, 2014, Doug Kirk, Renee Mitchell, Paul Selden, and I traveled to Lansing to participate in the League of Michigan Bicyclists (LMB) Annual Advocacy Day event on the grounds of the Capital building.

Toni Thompson, President of Friends of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trailway, Doug, Paul, and I were asked to lobby local lawmakers on behalf of several legislative bills that promote cycling safety in the state. We met with both State Senator Tonya Shuitmaker and Representative Sean McCann and received positive feedback on where they stand with regard to those bills. It appears they can be counted on to vote to make Michigan a safer state for cyclists.

We then gathered with others for a luncheon on the front lawn of the Capital building, after which LMB presented its annual awards. It should come as no surprise that Paul Selden was selected as LMB's Volunteer of the Year for his tireless work on behalf of bicycling. We all know of Paul's efforts in this area. But to be recognized on a statewide level is truly a credit to his dedication and energy. Congratulations, Paul!

A short time later, KBC's Bike Camp was awarded LMB's annual Ralph Finneren Encouragement Award. Renee, KBC's Education Chair, and I were very proud to stand in front of the assembled crowd to hold in our hands this wonderful symbol of all the work Renee, especially, and all our club volunteers and local bike shops put in to help make Bike Camp click. Bike Camp is truly is a team effort, and this award represents what can be accomplished when we put our minds - and our shoulders - to a project. So, congratulations Renee and the many other generous KBC members who help make Bike Camp an award-winning effort!

Bike Camp

And speaking of Bike Camp, as I write this, on Saturday, May 24, 2014, we just wrapped up Bike Camp's second Saturday session. Fifty-two people signed up for Bike Camp this year and we're all having a great time. The Campers are learning a lot about cycling, they're riding well and confidently, and our club member-volunteers are turning out in droves.

What is particularly gratifying is that Bike Camp alumni, like Barb and Gary Foster, have returned to lend a hand in teaching the nuances of cycling to people who are at the same place in the sport as they once were.

I also can't say enough about the support we have received, in both goods and services, from local bike shops Alfred E Bike, Breakaway Bicycles, Pedal, and Village Cyclery. And I always like to remind KBC members that because shops like these support our club so willingly, it behooves us to support them with our patronage.

Kalamazoo Bike Week

I attended two of the many Kalamazoo Bike Week activities in May; the Mayor's Ride and the Kalamazoo Bicycle Film Festival. The film festival completely blew my mind. There are so many intriguing and quirky bike-related short movies out there, and the organizers must have had a ball picking which ones to show.

The film fest's venue, Bell's Eccentric Cafe, was just about perfect for the screening. It demonstrated amazingly professional quality technical capabilities. I'll admit the sound was a little loud for my ears. But with a basket of popcorn on my lap, a Two Hearted Ale in hand, and movies about bicycling on a screen in front of me, all seemed right with the world.

The Mayor's Ride featured a group of cyclists, among them Portage Mayor Pete Strazdas and Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell, riding on some of Portage's bike routes and trails. There was a good turnout, and some speechifying at both the beginning and the end of the ride by the dignitaries who attended.

Riding in that group, however, I realized just how spoiled I have become participating in KBC club rides. I had come to take for granted that people would use hand or verbal signals to point out potholes, turns, and dead opossums - and their intention to brake suddenly. Not the opossums; the riders! But I discovered that not everyone knows or practices those protocols. And it makes for quite a sketchy ride experience when you have to fend for yourself, even when riding directly behind the person ahead of you.

So I'm thanking my lucky stars that I get to ride with our (generally) well-behaved and disciplined groups in the Kalamazoo Bicycle Club.

Zolton Cohen, KBC President


Next KBC Meeting on June 10th, 2014

The next KBC Monthly Meeting will take place at 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, June 10, 2014 at the Kalamazoo YMCA on Maple Street. All KBC members are welcome to attend.


Kalamazoo Bike Club Honored by League of Michigan Bicyclists

On May 21, 2014, members of the Kalamazoo Bicycle Club were presented two awards from the League of Michigan Bicyclists. The ceremony took place on the front lawn of the Capital in Lansing during Bicycling Advocacy Day.

On behalf of the Kalamazoo Bicycle Club, Zolton Cohen, President, and Renee Mitchell, Bike Camp Committee and Education Chair, accepted the Ralph Finneren Encouragement Award recognizing its Bike Camp program.

Cohen said, "We are proud and grateful to receive the 2014 Ralph Finneren Encouragement Award from the League of Michigan Bicyclists. It recognizes and honors the complete team effort it takes to administer Bike Camp each year. With Renee Mitchell's organizational abilities, combined with the cooperation of local bike shops Alfred E Bike, Breakaway Bicycles, Pedal, and Village Cyclery, and the many dedicated volunteers from our club membership, we feel Bike Camp provides an excellent entree into the sport about which we all are so passionate."

KBC's Bike Camp is a training and educational program designed to introduce new cyclists to the sport and to help educate those returning. Held annually since 2005, Bike Camp has grown to a four-week program. In 2014, more than 50 cyclists enrolled. At the same ceremony, Paul Selden, KBC's Director of Road Safety, was awarded LMB's 2014 Bicycle Advocate Award, recognizing him as its volunteer of the year. The award was presented for Selden's work in helping make the greater Kalamazoo community more bicycle friendly. Selden said, "Bike Friendly Kalamazoo's volunteers represent many stakeholders who are dedicated to making our community an even more wonderful place to live, work, and play. In my opinion, they are the ones receiving this award."

KBC members in the photo from left to right: Paul Selden, Zolton Cohen, and Renee Mitchell

Marc Irwin, KBC Director of Public Relations


KalTour Is Almost Here!

KBC's premier summer event takes place for the 23rd time on Sunday, June 29, 2014. It won't be as big and or as well-run as it could be unless you participate!

To Ride: Save money by signing up before prices go up on June 15 deadline. Sign up on the KalTour tab of the KBC web site. KBC members pay $15 ($30 for families) when they register by June 15. For this price you can ride between 13 and 100 miles on mapped, marked routes, enjoy a tasty lunch, and refresh at up to two other sag stops on the longer routes. After June 15 and day-of-ride registration costs $25 ($45 for families).

To Help: Route painting (putting colored arrows on the roads for the riders to follow) takes place on Tuesday June 17. (In case of rain, the date will be Thursday June 19.) We will meet at 6:00 P.M. at KVCC Texas Township near the tennis courts. All supplies will be provided; wear old clothes.

We still need people to help day of ride, both early morning and at the end of the day. Non-riding family members or riders doing the shorter routes are needed. Please e-mail kaltour@kalamaazoobicycleclub.org or leave a message at (269) 823-2819, if you would like to help.

Mike Krischer, KalTour Director


13-15 mph Wednesday Night Ride This Summer

Again this summer (June through August) on Wednesday evenings, there will be a 13-15 mph ride, approximately 20-24 miles in length on G Avenue and 2nd Street. This no-drop ride will be perfect for both beginners, as well as those not up for the faster speeds of the more advanced groups. This ride's varied terrain route, including some hills, will start at 10th Street at the Kal-Haven Trail parking lot promptly 6:15 P.M. It was great fun last year; hope you can join us.

Gary and Barb Foster


Calling all Volunteers for the Miller Energy Criterium!

Calling all Volunteers for the Miller Energy Criterium!

July is quickly approaching and once again we're in need of volunteers for course marshaling and registration at the annual Miller Energy Criterium at the WMU BTR Park. Please consider sparing 2 hours of your time on Saturday, July 12 to help us continue this great event. Volunteer signup is available at http://www.wmich.edu/btrrace/volunteering. Our sponsors make it possible but the volunteers make it happen. Please click now before you forget and thank you in advance for helping out!

Jon Ballema


Bike Week at Mattawan Later Elementary School

There are two things 3rd graders love: (1) bicycles and (2) people talking with them about bicycles.

For this 2014 Bike Week, we had the pleasure of welcoming four KBC members to our classroom to talk and read to us about bikes. A special thanks to Jim Kindle, who gave an overview of the bicycle with a fat tire bike (which he refused, much to the chagrin of the students, to ride down the stairway); to Doug Kirk, who taught the students about air pressure through bike tubes/tires; to Tim Krone, of Pedal, who taught the students the differences in four main types of bicycles; and to Steve Stapleton, who reads every Wednesday (and "loves" every book each child picks to read to him, from motocross to pretty princesses).

My favorite thing about the week: These guests taught my students, all with disabilities, that bikes are accessible to everyone. Everyone.

The students' favorite thing about the week: "Those bikes all had TWO water bottle holders! TWO!"

Kathleen Kroll


The Kalamazoo Dream Ride and the Kalamazoo Dream Center

By Dave Bruininks

For the past two years I have had the privilege of volunteering at the Kalamazoo Dream Center located in the eastside Edison Neighborhood. It is a non-profit service agency actively engaged with the poor and the homeless in the greater Kalamazoo area. They intentionally demonstrate true charity, giving hope and opportunity to everyone.

They are hosting the Dream Ride Cycling Event on Saturday, August 9, 2014 to raise needed funds for operation. View the website at kalamazoodreamride.com.

Here are some of the "free" services the Dream Center provides to its clients:

  • Fresh food resources weekly.
  • Emergency groceries from the food pantry monthly.
  • Clothing for men, women, and children of all ages.
  • Home furnishings...beds, sofas, tables, chairs, etc.
  • Life Skills classes on parenting, financial management, searching for employment, etc.
  • Bicycle adoptions for persons needing transportation to work and for children.
  • Adopt-a-Block, on scheduled Saturday mornings, teams of dedicated people go into the inner city to serve needy families. They provide friendship and care, deliver groceries, and ask how they can serve in practical ways, pick-up debris, mow lawns, plant flowers, and most importantly, share hope.

Please join the Dream Ride on Saturday, August 9 and encourage this essential outreach in our great city.

Kalamazoo Dream Center
1122 Portage Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
(269) 382-4760


CMS Race Team Monthly Update

As the new president of the team, I would like to provide a brief update for our KBC members about some of the developments with the team. But, first, this important announcement...

Tuesday Night Time Trial - it's on!!!!

Our first TNTT was somewhat sparsely attended, probably due to intimidation by the fearsome show of strength by our new celebs, Doug and Kathy Kirk. (Editor's Note: Doug and Kathy were recently featured as the cover story in an issue of SW Michigan Spark.) They have laid down an early season mark for all KBC members to follow.

At each session, you can expect that there will be at least two CMS teammates to send you on your way. At the end of the course, we will document your times and send them to the KBC website manager.

When: 1st and 3rd Tuesdays. 6:15 P.M. registration, first wheels rolling at 6:30 P.M. Where: Pavilion Township Hall. (Editor's Note: For more information, click the Tuesday Club Ride tab in the KBC website, www.kalamazoobicycleclub.org.)

Project 5

This is the code name for our up and coming new category 5 racers. These guys have put up some great early season results with a 1, 2, 3 sweep of the podium at the King's Day Criterium in Holland, Michigan and 2nd place at the Frankenmuth Road Race. In an attempt to have our newest teammates have as much information about racing as possible, we have been holding some strategy sessions with master racer Mike Jones. These sessions have been paying off in great finishes for our racers, making the racing even more exciting. If you know of anyone who is interested in getting into the racing scene, we would love to talk to them and help them get a start in the sport.

1st place - Jesse Kooistra, 2nd place - Henry Kuhnen, 3rd place - Andy Louwaert

Women's team

The women's presence in our race team is developing so well! Our women's team is putting up some great results and they are having a great time racing together. Come join the fun!

Pete Post, CMS Race Team President



Kalamazoo Bike Week 2014 leads me to offer kudos for those involved with events in which I was most directly involved.

Kudos to Portage Mayor Pete Strazdas and Kalamazoo Mayor Bobby Hopewell for leading the second Mayor's City to City bicycle ride in another great demonstration of collaboration between our county's two biggest municipalities. This year's theme was bike commuting. The route included stretches of the Portage Creek Bicentennial Park and Bikeway and the City of Kalamazoo's Bike lanes and routes system. Both are committed to doing it again in 2015.

Kudos to Richard White, Director of the Department of Public Safety for the City of Portage, for providing police bike units to escort the Portage/Kalamazoo Ride of Silence tribute. With the road shoulders still quite full of asphalt chunks and sand from our hard winter and debris from recent storms, Officer Burke took the lane for most of the ride, protecting our riders. When skies darkened earlier than usual as a light drizzle turned into a more steady cold rain, Sgt. Glessing called in a patrol car to shield the sweeper and riders in the rear. The Chief and his staff demonstrated great community-police cooperation and performed a great public service.

Kudos to Ron Reid, Supervisor of Kalamazoo Township, Steve Stepek, Senior Planner for the Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study, and Bobbi Welke, Southwest Region Engineer for the Michigan Department of Transportation, for presenting a variety of excellent presentations at a very well attended public meeting of Bike Friendly Kalamazoo on May 14. The future for bicycling in our part of Michigan, and indeed, the entire state, looks great.

Kudos to the organizers and staff of the Kalamazoo Bike Film Festival, and to all the local riders and friends of bicycling who participated in some of the films themselves! Anyone who attended was treated to a smorgasbord of bikes, riding styles, events, and culture. The quality of the selections was very high. The atmosphere and amenities at Bell's Eccentric Cafe made this a great event.

We don't usually offer kudos to our own members, so I'll just say that kudos are heartily deserved by all the members of KBC who participated in key roles throughout Kalamazoo Bike Week 2014, as represented by David Warwick, chair of KBW, and by our members who worked so hard to make KBC's Bike Camp such a success, led by our own Renee Mitchell. Chris Barnes presented a great overview of how bike routes are signed during the above-mentioned public presentation on May 14.

(These are the great individuals I worked with most directly. Please write your own kudos for others you feel I've missed.)

Paul Selden

Monthly Meeting Minutes

The May 13, 2014 meeting of the KBC was called to order by President Zolton Cohen at 7:00 P.M. No meeting attendance information is available at this time.

John Olbrot gave the treasurer's report:

Checking Account$7,213.12
Certificate of Deposit $11,135.56

Renee Mitchell gave an update on the 2014 KBC Bike Camp. Renee indicated volunteers were still needed.

A brief discussion was held regarding ride leaders for Monday and Wednesday club rides. Zolton and Renee will be coordinating ride leaders.

KalTour Director Mike Krischer spoke on preparations for the upcoming KalTour, scheduled for Sunday, June 29, 2014. Volunteers are needed for day of event jobs, and also for road painting, scheduled for Tuesday, June 17, 2014. Coverage for SAG stops was also discussed.

Jon Ballema gave an update on the July 12, 2014 Miller Energy Criterium at the BTR Park. Jon indicated preparations are going well. Volunteers are needed for different jobs, including registration and course marshalling. Those interested in volunteering can contact Jon, or sign up online at www.BTRcrit.com

It was announced that the Tuesday Night Time Trial would begin on the third Tuesday of May (Pavilion Township Hall, 29th Street and Q Avenue) with sign-in at 6:15 P.M. and start promptly at 6:30 P.M. During the months of June, July, and August, the Time Trial will be held on the first and third Tuesday of each month.

Mark Lemons was sworn in as a 2014 KBC Sanctioned Ride Leader.

Vice President Doug Kirk asked about coordinating our KBC weekly rides with area bike shops and their weekly rides. Zolton stated that KBC has already agreed to incorporate these rides in our weekly schedule and that they appear on our website.

Kathleen Kroll was introduced as the KBC's new Social Director.

Current Kalamazoo area road construction projects, as they relate to non-motorized traffic, were briefly discussed.

Zolton adjourned the meeting at 7:35 P.M.

Respectfully Submitted,

Mary Gerger, KBC Secretary



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Editor's Letter - Forty Years Gone By

May 25, 1974: I woke up in the dorm room where I was sleeping during the week between the end of finals and graduation. My parents and my grandmother had arrived in town the night before. They picked me up and we ate breakfast, my last meal before becoming a college graduate. History and memory did not record what I ate that morning.

May 25, 2014: I woke up in the bedroom where I've been sleeping for the last 6 plus years. I got up early, because I wanted to ride my bicycle at least 100 miles. History will not record it, but my breakfast was orange juice and a sliced banana over a bowl of Rice Chex.

I began riding at about 7:15. I had decided that if the prevailing wind was from the west, I'd ride to South Haven and if it was from the south, I'd ride to Shipshewana, Indiana, taking advantage of what I'd hope would be a tailwind the latter half of the ride. The forecast predicted a south wind, so it was on to Indiana. I started riding down Oakland Drive from my home in Portage, eventually riding through the outskirts of Schoolcraft. The weather was just a bit chilly, so I wore a cycling vest over my cycling jersey.

After breakfast, we went back to the dorm room so I could change clothes and wear my gown over dress pants, a dress shirt, and a tie. The cap and gown were light blue, an interesting choice of color, since our school colors were dark blue and gold. However, in the last 40 years, that dark blue has morphed into a medium shade of blue, so perhaps the Cap and Gown Color Selection Committee members were just 80 years ahead of their time. The person staying in the room next to me, someone I'd known for the last four years, and, like me, one of the small number of graduates who did not live within an easy driving distance of the campus, asked me to loan him a tie. So, I did.

On a stretch of road south of Schoolcraft, I was pelted by what could have been insects, pollen, or very small meteors. If it were the latter, this would provide an alternative explanation for the number of potholes in the roads this spring. However, upon looking at my arms and legs, it turned out that my attackers were gnats now imbedded in sunscreen. This was a cycling accoutrement that I would wear during the remainder of my ride.

Riding through Three Rivers, I again observed that the street signs were purple and white, the school colors of the high school. It's probably the case that the sign colors were chosen for that reason, but there's always that possibility that school colors were chosen to match the street signs. If so, that must have led to some interesting discussions concerning the nickname to be used for the athletic teams. "We should call them the Streets!" "No, you idiot, the Roads!" "You're both wrong you fools, the nickname Boulevards oozes class!" "Hey, I've got it, the Dead Ends!" "Please, can we kill him now?" "Calm down everybody, you're fighting like a pack of wildcats ..... hmmmmm, wildcats....." And so, a nickname was born; a fine example of out-of-the-box thinking.

The graduation ceremony was held in the football stadium, the graduates on the field and those who came to witness the occasion in the stands. The graduation speech was forgettable, the fate of most graduation speeches. But the weather was nice.

South of Three Rivers, I stopped to shed my vest and get my bearings, studying the not-so-reliable map that I had brought with me. I had to stop a couple more times during the next 20 miles to study my map, but I made it to Shipshewana, albeit not quite by the route that I had intended. Just outside of Shipshewana, I passed an Amish family on their bicycles, the husband, two young boys, and the wife, who was towing their youngest child. The dress she was wearing bore a resemblance to my graduation gown, but of a darker bluish hue. I stopped at a convenience store in Shipshewana to drink a Gatorade and eat a Clif Bar. I had ridden 45 miles and the weather was nice.

At about this time, I decided, in what will undoubtedly not become an annual tradition, that it would be fitting to celebrate my recent birthday by riding twice my age. I would do this by arriving back at my house after 100 miles and then ride the remaining 24 miles. So, with this plan in place, I headed north.

A few miles later, I watched a chicken cross the road a few yards in front of me, which, of course, reminded me of that many an asked question "If a chicken crosses the road and no one sees it, did the chicken actually cross the road?" Since I had actually seen the chicken, this question remains a mystery, at least to me.

I crossed back into Michigan, riding by Klinger Lake; heading towards Centerville and a turkey sub from the Shell station Subway. I had been dreaming about this sub since Shipshewana, because I like to dream big and sometimes even big dreams do come true. Thus fortified, I continued north. I had ridden 67 miles.

After the ceremony, I said goodbye to some of the friends I had made over the years. I talked with the parents of one of my friends; I had met them numerous times before, and had stayed with them one Thanksgiving vacation. I had hoped to introduce my friend and his parents to my family, but we got separated in the crowd before I could do so. Soon afterwards, I met my parents and grandmother and we went back to the dorm.

There comes a point during a long ride when the miles begin to blur and this was the case between Centerville and Portage by way of Mendon. On the way to Mendon, I rode on North Angling Road, and, now that Buckhorn Road has been repaved, a worthy successor as the most frost heaved road in St. Joseph County. I made a couple wrong turns on roads in Kalamazoo County where I should have known better, but because these detours weren't adding over 24 miles to the ride, I didn't really care. I got back to my house with 105 miles on my cyclometer.

My tie was hanging on the doorknob to my room. I opened the door and, fortunately, this didn't mean anything. The tie borrower had come and gone and I've never seen him again. We packed up my belongings and drove 210 miles to the city where my grandmother and aunt and uncle lived, the first leg of my 630 mile trip home. We crossed two state lines, not one, but that's easier to do by car, and stopped on the way for lunch. Once again, history and memory did not record what I ate, but I doubt that it was a turkey sub. During the trip, I wasn't particularly tired, but I took a nap.

After a brief break, I rode a 20 mile loop around Austin Lake and to the outskirts of Vicksburg; then back to Oakland Drive and home, the last 5 miles of the ride the same as my first 5 miles, finishing shortly after 4:00. I had ridden not just 124 miles, not just 200 kilometers (124.274 miles), but 125.0 miles. I was a little lightheaded (which meant that I could have done a better job of hydrating) and tired, but I didn't take a nap. My appetite hadn't deserted me and I quickly polished off a couple of slices of cold pizza. Later that evening, I grilled a celebratory steak. History and memory continued to not record what I had for dinner the night of my graduation.

So, forty years ago, I went out into the post-collegiate world not knowing what the future would hold. (Yes, Mister Pedal Press Editor, unlike all those college graduates who knew exactly what the future would hold.) It turned out that my future involved a 125 mile bicycle ride exactly forty years later. And that's not a bad future. A strange future, perhaps, but not a bad future at all.

Rick Whaley, KBC Newsletter Editor

Some Upcoming Rides of Interest

Saturday, June 7. The 100 Grand Bicycle Tour. Grand Rapids. 17, 35, 65, 105, and 141 miles. www.rapidwheelmen.com/100-grand.html.

Saturday and Sunday. June 14 and 15. National 24-Hour Challenge. Middleville. The Pedal Press Editor's cross to bear. www.n24hc.org.

Saturday, June 21. Pumpkinvine Bike Ride. Goshen, IN. 10, 21, 32, 47, 54, 64, 102 miles. www.pumpkinvine.org.

Sunday, June 22. Berrien County Cancer Service Bike Ride. Stevensville. 15, 25, 32, and 62 miles. www.bccancerservice.org.

Saturday, June 28. MSU Gran Fondo. Grand Rapids. 12, 25, 40, and 80 miles. www.msugranfondo.com.

Sunday, June 29. Kalamazoo Scenic Bicycle Tour (KalTour). Kalamazoo. 13, 15, 31, 62, and 100 miles. www.kalamazoobicycleclub.org. This is our ride, come out and support it, either by riding or volunteering.

Saturday, July 19. Holland 100 Bicycle Tour. Holland. 18, 36, 67, and 100 miles. www.facebook.com/MacatawaCyclingClub.

Wednesday through Sunday, August 27 - 31. 44th Annual Dick Allen Lansing to Mackinaw (DALMAC) Bicycle Tour. Four rides over 4 or 5 days, ranging from 290 to 411 miles. Registration has begun and all rides fill up quickly. www.DALMAC.org.

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Shop Notes

Alfred E Bike

320 East Michigan, Kalamazoo, (269) 349-9423

Billy's Bike Shop

63 East Battle Creek Street, Galesburg, (269) 665–5202

Breakaway Bicycles

185 Romence at Westnedge, Portage, (269) 324–5555,

Custer Cyclery

104 North Augusta, Augusta, (269) 731–3492

Gazelle Sports

214 South Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, (269) 342–5996,
Join a Gazelle Sports training program! Train in a fun group atmosphere with expert coaches. Gazelle Sports' Training Programs can get you to your next finish line with all the support and coaching you need.
Visit www.gazellesports.com for more info.

Johnson Cycle Works

5309 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, (269) 226-0001.


611 W Michigan Avenue, Kalamazo, (269) 56–PEDAL
info@pedalbicycle.com and www.pedalbicycle.com
"And there comes a time in your life when you realize that if you don't take the opportunity to be happy, you may never get another chance again." - Richard Russo, Empire Falls

Team Active

22 W Michigan, Battle Creek, 1–800–841–9494

Village Cyclery

US 131 in Schoolcraft, 679–4242

Zoo City Cycle & Sports

4328 South Westnedge, Kalamazoo (269) 552–3000


Bicycling Safety Disclaimer

Important: Riding a bicycle is an inherently dangerous activity. There are risks of injury or death. You could ride over something and fall, or get hit by an automobile or strike or be struck by another bicyclist. There are many other dangers to bicycling as well.

While nothing can eliminate all risks associating with bicycle riding, to minimize the danger, make sure you and your bicycle are in good riding condition. Know the rules of the road and also of the group you're riding with, and ride in a manner consistent with the protocols of that group. Always wear a bike helmet, use bike lights if riding in the dawn, dusk or dark, and consider purchasing and riding with additional safety equipment such as reflectors and rear view mirrors.