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Posted on: May 1, 2017

Community encouraged to participate in Bike Month

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May is National Bike Month and the city’s Bicycle Advisory Committee wants to share a calendar full of events to promote and encourage biking in May and beyond.


The activities welcome everyone — all bicycle types, all skill levels and all ages – and the committee highly encourages all riders to wear properly-fitting helmets. All activities will take place in rain, shine or snow. For more information on these events, contact Trek Bicycle Store at 269-962-7688.


  • Sunday, May 7 is the Fort Custer Stampede Race, an event from the Southwest Michigan Mountain Biking Association. Categories are Elite, Expert, Sport, Sport Single Speed, Fat Tire, Tandem, Beginner, Beginner Single Speed and Kids. Race times vary. See bikefortcuster.com for more information.

  • Wednesday, May 10 is Walk/Bike to School Day, as organized by the National Center for Safe Routes to School. While the committee is not organizing activities on this day, members ask all area schools to encourage their students to walk and, especially, ride to their schools on May 10 and throughout the school year.
    A majority of Battle Creek Public Schools participate in this event. The Lakeview School District holds walk/bike days throughout the school year. For details on joining in on May 10 or participating at other times, contact your child’s school.

  • Wednesday, May 17 is the Ride of Silence, a worldwide event that honors those who have been injured or killed while riding bicycles.
    The city’s local ride will begin and end at Willard Beach Park, off of George B Place. Starting at 7 p.m., the approximately 10-mile route travels through the Lakeview area and is for all skill levels.

  • Friday, May 19 is Bike to Work Day and, once again, the committee will lead an organized ride starting at 7:30 a.m. All residents are encouraged to ride to work!
    The route will begin at Culver’s Restaurant, 5074 Beckley Road, head north on Capital Avenue SW, and end at Kellogg World Headquarters downtown. This route is 4.72 miles and the ride will accommodate all skill levels. Culver’s will be open to riders to use the restrooms before the ride.

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