bicycle safety

Rebecca Thiele / WMUK

Hundreds of people took part in a memorial bike ride in Kalamazoo Wednesday evening. The event marked one year since an allegedly drugged driver plowed into a group of cyclists riding on North Westnedge Avenue in Cooper Township.

Five people died in the crash and four others were seriously injured. On Wednesday, cyclists gathered at the Nazareth complex on Gull Road before the ride.

"KALAMAZOO, MI - The suspect in the June 7 crash that killed five bicyclists and injured four others faces new charges of operating while intoxicated. Charles Pickett Jr. five charges of operating while intoxicated causing death, on top of five charges of second degree murder." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)

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A resolution to improve local non-motor transport has bipartisan support on the Kalamazoo County Commission. Democrat Julie Rogers and Republican Dale Shugars say the county can make it safer and easier to move around on foot, on a bike or in any case without a car.

The “Complete Streets” resolution commissioners discussed Tuesday doesn’t include specific policies. But it calls for the county to plan its roads so they “provide appropriate access to all legal users.”


One of the bicyclists injured in last week’s crash north of Kalamazoo has been discharged from the hospital. 

"Organizers of the ride with Lance Armstrong say the ride is only open to the families of the bicycle crash victims, the Kalamazoo Bicycling Club and the cycling community. It is not open to the public. Instead, organizers are encouraging the general public to attend the 25th annual Kal-Tour on June 26." (MLive/Kalamazoo Gazette)