A community bike ride led by LGBTQ groups and safe cyclist groups hits the streets of Kalamazoo
KALAMAZOO, MI — More than 20 people gathered along the Rose Street sidewalk on Saturday for a mid-morning bike ride.
The three-mile community bike ride took participants through different neighborhoods in Kalamazoo. OutFront Kalamazoo has partnered with ModeShift Kalamazoo to host the OutRide Community Cruise on August 27th.
OutFront Kalamazoo is a charity that seeks to help people in the LGBTQ community. Meanwhile, ModeShift Kalamazoo is a small collective that wants to make walking and cycling safer for everyone.
People of all ages and abilities were allowed to ride, ensuring that everyone could enjoy themselves. The hosts also wanted attendees to focus on the community and notice how they are changing neighborhoods in Kalamazoo.
The ride started a little after 10 a.m., with the group starting outside the OutFront Kalamazoo office in downtown. The group headed up Lovell Street first, using the street’s new cycle path.
The group then cycled through the Vine neighborhood, discovering murals along the way. Then they explored the new trail near the Kalamazoo Farmers Market on Bank Street.
They then went to Edison’s neighborhood to see more murals there. Finally, they cycled through Upjohn Park before returning to OutFront Kalamazoo.
The group finished their journey a little before 11:30 a.m. Once back, ModeShift Kalamazoo provided supplies so everyone could make a taco if they were hungry.
“It’s great that people from the community are coming together and doing something stupid,” said Dustin Black, a ModeShift volunteer. “Like taking a bike ride.”
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