Test drive electric and cargo bikes as Bike Week kicks off in Kalamazoo
KALAMAZOO COUNTY, MI — Kalamazoo Bike Week kicks off Saturday.
Re:Cycle is one of the premier events where community members can test drive a variety of bikes and learn more about sustainable transportation, said community advocate Dustin Black.
“We try to get people to ride bikes, show them how to buckle up their kids or tie up their groceries or talk about what it’s like to ride a bike to the office,” Black said. “(We will) just solve problems in a friendly atmosphere.”
Electric and cargo bikes will be available for people to test drive, Black said. Helmets and accessories will be available for children and community groups will have tables with information related to cycling and safety.
Cars are here to stay, but the event is about giving people information about biking, walking or public transportation, Black said.
“If we can get people who don’t want to drive cars out and put them on bikes or on foot…if we can give them the ability to move around however they want, that frees up a lot of space for drivers” , Black said.
Re:Cycle runs from 1-4 p.m. on May 7 at Bronson Park in downtown Kalamazoo.
The 11th Kalamazoo (Area) Bike Week runs from May 7-14 and features different events for people to participate in group bike rides and learn about bikes.
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Bike Week features a group ride at One Well Brewing as well as a free “Bike Rodeo” for kids. View the full event program online here.
“We are pleased to say that this year many Bike Week events and group activities can be enjoyed outdoors,” said event co-chair Jen Johnson in a press release. “Others are available online. In addition, this kick-off to the traditional hot weather driving season underlines the need for motorists and cyclists to drive and ride safely – so that everyone obeys the rules of the road, especially when overtaking. and at intersections.
Drivers are required to pass bicycles within five feet in the towns of Kalamazoo and Portage and in the townships of Oshtemo and Kalamazoo.
The State of Michigan requires drivers to pass within three feet.
“Dangerous passing, distracted driving, impaired and aggressive driving, speeding and ignoring traffic control devices pose unacceptable public hazards,” said Kalamazoo County Sheriff Richard Fuller III, in a press release. “Respect for the highway code also applies to cyclists. Don’t run red lights. Don’t ride on the wrong side of the road. You put yourself in danger if you don’t ride your bike like you would drive a car.
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