Goals & Programs

2020 (& Beyond) Goals and Potential Programs

In 2020, Bike Friendly Kalamazoo (BFK) is moving ahead to meet the following community needs at the pace of program partner resources and delivery opportunities.  The goals and the programs overlap with interests held in common with BFK’s participants and are being implemented in close coordination with these community stakeholders via a mutually agreed-upon Bike Program Steering Committee/Core Team structure.  All goals and programs were surfaced in public meetings; most have been “doubly confirmed” by those with direct experience in these specific areas.  Please see our Meetings page for notes.  We invite interested stakeholders to Contact Us about participating in our area’s first Bike Program Steering Committee, which meets quarterly.  It is largely through the work of this committee, and during our annual public meeting, that we will surface additional potential programs.  Stay tuned!  We will keep this page updated as additional goals and programs surface.

Goals and programs listed below are considered by BFK’s board as eligible for seed, matching and/or full funding from BFK.  We think such support is justifiable in order to have an impact, we encourage the community to think in terms of practical constructive implementation, as well.  Please see our Bike-Booster Mini-Grants and Scholarships for more information about ways we can help!  For funding programs outside of the ceilings we mention on our website, please Contact Us.

Other goals involve policy and related changes aligned with BFK’s mission to help make our greater community even more bicycle friendly (but we do not believe will require funding from BFK), that we will be working toward as well.  Policy related goals are not listed here but will be addressed as opportunities arise.

Program numbering is for reference and does not indicate priority.

Goal: Improve Public/Rider Safety

  1. Bike light use campaign
  2. Law enforcement: selective traffic law enforcement efforts, bike related equipment
  3. Public Service Announcements: e.g., the Driving Change Program
  4. Signage (Traffic: wayfinding, reducing wrong-way riding, etc.)
  5. Studies & research related to locally relevant best practices (can also be related to the other goals)

Goal: Maintain & Increase Bicycle Friendly Education Opportunities

  1. Bike donations to bike education programs
  2. Support new and existing bike skills education (overlaps with #8)
  3. Increase number of local Certified Cycling Instructors

Goal: Increase Bicycling Participation / Ridership

  1. Bike Maps (overlaps with signing the Southwest Michigan Bikeway; aka KATS “Map 7”)
  2. Events: Kalamazoo Bike Week (www.kalamazoobikeweek.org), Fall Bike Celebration (www.fallbikecelebration.org)
  3. Public Bike-Related Art, Trail Enhancements, Civic Displays & Exhibits