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5 Reasons Why You Should Grab Your Bike and Head to Kalamazoo, Michigan

Posted on April 6th, 2021

Kalamazoo is fast transforming into a great little biking city in West Michigan. Every day, a growing number of cyclists check their brakes, put air in their tires and head onto our roads and ever expanding network of trails!

 

 

1. A Four Season Destination

 

 

 

 

We consider ourselves lucky to experience all four seasons here in Kalamazoo! Not only do our scenic trails provide an ever changing landscape of gorgeous views, but cyclists of all levels and types can find their ideal riding conditions at some point throughout the calendar year.

 

 

 

 

2. Plenty of Paved Trails With a Variety of Views

 

 

 

Whether you’re new to cycling and looking for a less-intense route or you’re more of a distance cyclist, Kalamazoo has an extensive system of paved trails that wind throughout the county, into the city and beyond!

 

 

 

3. Easy Access from Lake to Lake

 

 

 

Kalamazoo is one of the many Michigan destinations that are part of Route #1 of The Great Lake-to-Lake Trails! This 275-mile trail is Michigan’s first fully-marked destination trail!

 

 

 

4. Bike Events For All Riders, All Year Round

 

 

 

From races and slow rolls to tours and vintage bike shows, you can find bike-centric events happening in just about every single month of the year! You don’t even need to be an avid cyclist to enjoy Kalamazoo’s bike culture. Below you’ll find examples of some upcoming events. For future planning, be sure to check our Events Calendar and the calendar at Bike Friendly Kalamazoo.

 

 

 

 

 

Upcoming Events:

 

Kalamazoo Bike Week – May 8-15, 2021

Kal-Haven Trail Tour – May 22-23, 2021

2021 Athletic Mentors Sprint Triathlon Race – August 1, 2021

Fort Custer Stampede – October 17, 2021

 

 

Stay up to date:

Bike Friendly Kalamazoo Bike Events Calendar

 

 

 

5. Plenty of Breweries to Quench Your Thirst

 

 

 

 

Kalamazoo is home to 12 unique breweries! No matter what trail or route that you choose to ride, you’re sure to find a brewery to unwind at along the way.

If acquiring beer is your main goal, and you’re just looking to get to it in style, consider meeting up with a community ride like the Kzoo Pub Peddlers! Just bring your classic bike and peddle the pubs of Kalamazoo! This group meets every Thursday night in Bronson Park at 5pm.

 

 

 

 

Need more reasons to plan your next bike weekend in here? Check out this guide to the perfect Bike Friendly Getaway in Kalamazoo!