Bike Friendly Kalamazoo
Our effort began in 2011 with a series of brainstorming sessions with delegates drawn from law enforcement, parks and recreation, transportation engineering and planning, current and former elected officials, governmental staff, road agencies, education, bicycle retailers, bike teams and clubs, health care, and philanthropic and charitable organizations. The delegates prepared a list of more than 600 ideas clustering around themes ranging from infrastructure to education, safety to tourism, and ways to enhance the community’s prestige and reputation.
Implementing the ideas was expressed in a long term plan that was itself condensed into a series of infrastructure, educational and awareness-building goals aimed at achieving each of these main components. That plan will unfold and evolve over time as some goals are achieved or modified, and new goals emerge. This is the first such broad-based bicycling plan our community has put together. Versions of the plan can be found on our Meetings page. The process we’ve been following and the plan that has emerged are a model of inter-governmental and cross-organizational cooperation.
Bike Friendly Kalamazoo is now a 501c3 charitable organization, incorporated in the State of Michigan. We’re excited to be in an even stronger position to sustain our mission, thanks to the continued generous sharing of time on the part of our many volunteers, backed by the generosity of the financial support we receive. Please visit our Donate page to contribute!
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