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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 – as well as celebrate the city’s silver status as a Bicycle Friendly Community.
The city earned the silver status from the League of American Bicyclists. Battle Creek first earned bronze status in 2014. The committee and city staff continue work to improve our bike amenities. There are just 12 Bicycle Friendly Communities in Michigan – four silver, and eight bronze.
The League praised Battle Creek for being proactive with education and enforcement – two of the “5 Es” on which communities are scored (along with engineering, encouragement, and evaluation). In particular, the League called out the Battle Creek Police Department for requiring all new hires to become police bike certified. The city also received an “excellent” rating for bike-friendly laws and ordinances; our local traffic ordinance includes a required three-foot passing distance between vehicles and bikes.
The following Bike Month 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.
Along with these great events, neighbors and visitors will see the BCycles return to the racks at Kellogg Community College, Riverwalk Centre downtown, the Kool Family Community Center near downtown, and in Old Lakeview on Capital Avenue SW. Use a BCycle bike this month to attend Spring into the Arts, set for 5-9 p.m. Friday, May 18, in downtown. Also watch for information on the grand re-opening of Team Active, downtown Battle Creek’s longtime bike shop.