Our community features one of the most active trail development efforts in Michigan, plus more paved roads — many of them scenic and rural — than many other areas. In addition to the developed trails, many of the local bike clubs and shops host regular road rides; more information about those routes can be found on many of their web sites.
Bike Friendly Kalamazoo has facilitated an extensive bike route mapping effort since 2012. Our participants’ contributions are reflected in the Kalamazoo Area Transportation Study’s 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan.
*Note: Click on “Route Name” in list header on links as noted, to sort routes by name.
Important Safety Notice: Riding a bicycle is not risk-free, and riding hazards and conditions change unpredictably; bicyclists must use their own judgment as to the suitability of any trail, path or road. Bicyclists are asked to remember that simple courtesy goes a long way when sharing the road.)
Bicycle Touring Routes (outside our community)
BFK Participant Suggestions (Unofficial Commuter, Shopping, Tourist, Recreational, & Fitness Ideas*)
BFK: Commuter routes to be reviewed (Participant generated round-trip routes between major cities, villages and townships in our MPO, pending further review. This draft route catalog constitutes our primary route development focus (2012-2016). More than 70 unique node-node connections and their alternatives are included in this catalog.* Please see these BFK Bike Route Notes for important information concerning these routes. The most recent overview of our development procedure can be found here.)
BFK: Routes to be reviewed (Participant suggestions pending further review*)
Commuter Bike Route Network (Proposed) “Map 7” (PDF of “Map 7” on page 148 of the KATS 2045 Metropolitan Transportation Plan. The route map has been adopted as “proposed.” Jurisdictions/agencies may use it as a guide to further implementation, knowing it has been vetted by KATS’ Technical and Policy Committees, after being developed by key community stakeholders in a process documented here.)
Commuter Bike Route Network (Proposed): RWGPS Route List (Ride With GPS web site of individual routes that make up “Map 7” as copied from the list of hundreds of BFK Commuter Route alternatives that were reviewed. Routes can be downloaded for further analysis. Comments contain name of route designer and other useful information. Please note that as of August 8, 2016 this list is in the process of being populated.)
City of Kalamazoo Bicycle System (2012 – Portions Proposed)
Kalamazoo River Valley Trail (Current and Planned)
MDOT’s Biking In Michigan (links to maps, training, and other resources)
Pumpkinvine Nature Trail (noteworthy trail in northern Indiana)
Randonneuring Routes (in SW Michigan; most start in Kalamazoo/Portage; many are in draft form; not all are an official RUSA.org route)
Southwest Michigan: Road and Trail Bicycle Guide (Detailed Insets and Bicycle Safety)