Tour De Creek event to celebrate new BCycle bike-sharing system at KCC

KCC's new B-cycle bike-sharing station, a system that lets users check bikes out for a fee for riding.

Kellogg Community College will celebrate the opening of Battle Creek’s third and newest BCycle bike-sharing station with a free community event and bike ride July 31.

Tour De Creek, presented in conjunction with Bronson Battle Creek, the Battle Creek Community Foundation and the Calhoun County Visitors Bureau, will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, July 31, in the southwest parking lot outside the College’s Lane-Thomas Building on KCC’s campus at 450 North Ave., Battle Creek.

The event is free and open to the public and will include refreshments, a ribbon-cutting hosted by the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce, a bike tour of Battle Creek’s three BCycle station locations led be local celebrity riders, and more.

Eric Greene, director of Public Information and Marketing at KCC, said the College is proud to play a role in expanding the BCycle network in Battle Creek.

“We’re grateful to our partners and supporters who are helping this cutting-edge, healthy form of transportation become more prevalent in the community,” Greene said. “We hope KCC’s students, employees and residential neighbors will find the BCycle bikes to be a useful alternative to motorized travel in the Cereal City.”

BCycle is a bike-sharing system that lets riders temporarily check bicycles out for a nominal fee and return them at any one of three locations in Battle Creek, including KCC’s station and stations located near Burnham Brook Community Center and Riverwalk Centre downtown. At approximately 10:30 a.m. July 31, a group of more than a dozen area business and community leaders will leave KCC’s campus for a Battle Creek bike tour that will pass by each BCycle location before concluding back at the KCC station, which was installed in June.

Community members are invited to bring their own bikes to accompany the celebrity riders on the tour, and will have a chance to try out the BCycle bikes for themselves following the tour’s conclusion on campus.

Local celebrities riding at the event will include:

  • Kara Beer, of the Battle Creek Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Mark Crawford, of Bronson Battle Creek
  • Ted Dearing, of the City of Battle Creek
  • Linda Freybler, of the Calhoun County Visitors Bureau
  • Marcus Glass, of the Regional Health Alliance
  • Bill Greer, of the Kellogg Company
  • Brenda Hunt, of the Battle Creek Community Foundation
  • Christina Khim, of the Cultural Center
  • Deb Owens, of the Battle Creek City Commission
  • Tom Rose, of Kellogg Community College
  • Chris Sargent, United Way of the Battle Creek and Kalamazoo Region
  • Sherii Sherban, of Scene Magazine
  • Erick Stewart, of Stewart Industries
  • Pattie Walter, of Woodlawn Preschool
  • Two officers from the Battle Creek Police Department

For more information or to RSVP for the event, contact Angela Myers at 269-962-2181 or visit to sign up for a BCycle membership.

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