New City Ordinance Will Require Drivers to Stop for People at Crosswalks Starting June 1


Starting June 1, motorists in the City of Kalamazoo will be required to stop for pedestrians and cyclists in or waiting to enter any crosswalk that does not have traffic control. At crosswalks where traffic signals are present, all road users and pedestrians must abide by the traffic signals.

The new city ordinances, which were approved by the Kalamazoo City Commission in January of 2019, also change existing language to clearly permit bicycles to ride on sidewalks unless specifically prohibited and require pedestrians and bicyclists to stop before entering a crosswalk. The ordinances were passed alongside the City of Kalamazoo’s Complete Streets Policy and the jurisdictional transfer of several major streets from State to local control.

“Our goal is to make transportation safer in the City of Kalamazoo, whether you walk, ride a bike, drive a car, or utilize Metro,” noted Deputy City Manager Jeff Chamberlain.

Signs will be installed at key intersections throughout the city to notify drivers of this upcoming change. Both bollard-style signs between lanes and road side signs will be utilized. Installation will begin before the new ordinances take effect and will continue into June. More signage will be installed at additional locations in the future.

A summary of changes to city ordinances and the rights and responsibilities of road users can be found at

“It is important that all road users understand not only their rights and responsibilities, but those of other road users as well. We ask everyone in our community to stay informed, to be careful, and to watch out for other users of the roads and sidewalks.”


City Commission Seeks Applicants for Vacant Commission Seat

The Kalamazoo City Commission is seeking applicants for appointment to the City Commission to fill the seat vacated by Shannon Sykes. The Kalamazoo City Charter requires that the City Commission fill the position by appointing a qualified person within 30 days of the position becoming vacant.

To be appointed to the City Commission, a person must be a U.S. citizen, must be 18 years of age or older, and must be a resident of the City of Kalamazoo at the time their application is filed with the City Clerk.

To be considered for appointment, interested citizens must submit a pdf Board and Commission Application (94 KB)  form and a letter of interest to the City Clerk by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 30, 2019. The application form is available in the City Clerk's Office and on the City’s website pdf here (94 KB) . Completed forms and letters of interest may be submitted to the City Clerk in the following ways:

Fax:   (269) 337-8494

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U.S. Mail and in person:

Scott Borling, City Clerk
241 W. South Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49007

For further information, citizens should contact the City Clerk at (269) 337-8792.


Nomination Packets are Now Available for November 5, 2019 Municipal Election

Nomination packets are now available for citizens wishing to run for the offices of Mayor or City Commissioner. Packets may be picked up in the Kalamazoo City Clerk’s Office located on the first floor of City Hall during normal business hours.

To run for Mayor or City Commissioner, each candidate must submit a nominating petition containing at least 50 signatures (but no more than 75) and a completed Affidavit of Identity. According to the Kalamazoo City Charter, a person seeking the office of Mayor or City Commissioner shall be a resident of, and qualified elector in, the City of Kalamazoo at the time of filing for election or appointment to that office.

Important dates for potential candidates are as follows:

  • May 25, 2019 - Candidates may begin circulating nominating petitions
  • July 23, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. – Deadline for nomination petitions and affidavits of identity to be filed with the Kalamazoo City Clerk’s Office
  • July 26, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. – Last day for eligible candidates to withdraw their candidacy

On November 5, 2019, Kalamazoo voters will elect three Commissioners for four-year terms, and the Mayor for a two-year term. The City Commission candidate receiving the most votes will serve as Vice Mayor for two years until a new one is selected in the next Municipal Election. The previous Vice Mayor will then serve the remaining two years of their term as a City Commissioner.

The Kalamazoo City Clerk’s Office provides this and other valuable information on it’s website at If you have any questions, please visit the website or contact our office at (269) 337-8793.

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