Vine / Edison pop up bikeway feedback

Safe and convenient non-motorized transportation options are important in Kalamazoo. The past two years, City staff have hosted "pop up" bikeway projects in the city to evaluate potential routes and obtain feedback from cyclists, property owners, businesses, commuters, and anyone else with an opinion and a stake in the City. Last year, the pop up bikeway explore a potential connection for the KRVT through downtown. This connection is now scheduled to begin construction this fall. This year, we explored connecting the Edison and Vine neighborhoods, with Upjohn Park, the Farmers' Market, and a variety of businesses and other institutions along the way.

So what did you think? Did you have a chance to ride the route? Did it help you get safely to the night market? Or to KVCC's new Healthy Living Campus? Or to buy guitar strings at Selner Bros. Music or a rare record at Satellite Records? Or Washington Square Library? Do you have concerns about parking or traffic? Let us know! Take the survey on Imagine Kalamazoo here:

Mayor Hopewell offers support to City of Orlando, Florida

On June, 14, Mayor Hopewell sent the following letter to Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer, offering the support and solidarity of Kalamazoo in the wake of the tragic shooting that took place this past weekend:

June 14, 2016

The Honorable Mayor Buddy Dyer
400 S Orange Avenue
PO BOX 4990
Orlando, FL 32802

Dear Mayor Dyer,

On behalf of the people of Kalamazoo, I want to convey our community’s heartfelt condolences to the people of Orlando, to those wounded, and to the families and friends of those who lost their lives as a result of the unspeakable atrocities that were committed last weekend. Please know that the people of Kalamazoo stand with you, the City of Orlando, and its people, and our thoughts, prayers, and best wishes are with you.

We are mourning this senseless loss of life and wishing for the speedy recovery of those wounded. The people of Kalamazoo empathize; we are unfortunately among the growing list of communities that have been visited by this type of tragedy, something no community should have to experience. I am confident that the City of Orlando will not be defined by this violence, but by the love, compassion, and generosity your community has displayed in response.

Mayor, may our support offer you some amount of comfort in knowing your fellow citizens across the nation and world stand with you. Please do not hesitate to let me know if I can be of assistance during this difficult time.

Supporting the Journey,


Bobby J. Hopewell,


Pop up bikeway project connects Edison and Vine neighborhoods June 16-19

City of Kalamazoo staff will establish a protected “pop up” bike way connecting the Vine and Edison Neighborhoods from Thursday, June 16 through Sunday, June 19. The route will travel from the Vine Business District east along Vine Street before heading south on Walter and Bank Streets, and East on Collins Street towards Portage Street. The route also provides convenient access to the Kalamazoo Farmers’ Market, which is located on the route at 1204 Bank Street.

The project is scheduled to coincide with National Dump the Pump Day on Thursday, June 16, which encourages residents to take advantage of public transit and commuting alternatives other than personal vehicle use. This project is in partnership with Metro Transit, the Kalamazoo Climate Change Coalition, a program of the Kalamazoo Nature Center, and Kalamazoo River Valley Trail.

In light of the tragic accident that took place in Cooper Township on June 7, the need for safe non-motorized transportation options and greater consideration of cyclists and pedestrians has been highlighted for much of the nation. Pop up bike way projects are meant to serve as a practical demonstration of which routes work best and demonstrate the positive impact of “complete streets”. A similar project was held last June to explore a downtown connection for the Kalamazoo River Valley Trail, which is scheduled to begin construction this Fall.

Anyone interested in riding with a group can meet in the Edison Neighborhood at Washington Square Library at 7:30am on June 16 and ride to the Vine Neighborhood Association. Residents will also be celebrating Dump the Pump Day on June 16th, at the Family Fit Fest Event located in UpJohn Park, where the bike lane passes by, from 4pm to 7pm.

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